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Title: Laser propulsion activity in South Africa
Authors: Michaelis, MM
Forbes, A
Klopper, W
Bencherif, H
Jolivet, S
Moorgawa, R
McKenzie, E
Turner, G
Keywords: Laser propulsion
MLIS kilowatt CO2 laser
Low earth orbit
Molecular laser isotope separation
Issue Date: Jul-2006
Publisher: Academy of Science of South Africa
Citation: Michaelis, MM, et al. 2006. Laser propulsion activity in South Africa. South African Journal of Science, vol. 102, pp 296-300
Abstract: Three sets of laser propulsion experiments have been conducted in South Africa. The first, on the MLIS kilowatt CO2 laser at Pelindaba, gave a surprisingly good result but could not be repeated after the laser chain was dismantled when South Africa’s uranium isotope programme was closed. The second, conducted with a kilowatt CO2 laser module, produced unexpectedly weak propulsion. The reasons for the discrepancy between the two experiments are given. In the third experiment, hybrid solar and laser propulsion was tested: laser momentum coupling was enhanced as a result of generation of a dusty plasma by the concentrated solar energy.
Description: Copyright: 2006 Academy of Science of South Africa
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/1015
ISSN: 0038-2353
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