HIGH POWER LASER PROPULSION
PLC “Scientific Research Institute for Optoelectronic Instrument Engineering”, Sosnovy Bor, 188540, Russian Federation; Laboratory head
Abstract. Development of new transportation systems for satellite launching and space vehicle missions based on the use of high-power lasers is analyzed. Achievement of high energy efficiency of thrust production as well as minimization of propellant consumption are considered as principal concerns of high-power laser propulsion development. The consideration is based on experimental study of interaction of pulsed laser radiation with various propellants.
Keywords: laser propulsion, laser breakdown, laser ablation, specific impulse, momentum coupling coefficient.