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Title: Hyper-energetic manned aerospacecraft propelled by intense pulsed microwave power beam

Abstract

The objective of this research was to exploit wireless power transmission (microwave/millimeter)--to lower manned space transportation costs by two or three orders of magnitude. Concepts have been developed for lightweight, mass-producible, beam-propelled aerospacecraft called Lightcraft. The vehicles are designed for a ``mass-poor, energy-rich`` (i.e., hyper-energetic) flight infrastructure which utilizes remote microwave power stations to build an energy-beam highway to space. Although growth in laser power levels has lagged behind expectations, microwave and millimeter-wave source technology now exists for rapid scaling to the megawatt and gigawatt time-average power levels. The design exercise focused on the engine, structure, and receptive optics requirements for a 15 meter diameter, 5 person Earth-to-moon aerospacecraft. Key elements in the air breathing accelerator propulsion system are: (a) a ``flight-weight`` 35GHz rectenna electric powerplant, (b) microwave-induced ``Air Spike`` and perimeter air-plasma generators, and (c) MagnetoHydroDynamic-Fanjet (or MHD-Fanjet) engine with its superconducting magnets and external electrodes.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst., Troy, NY (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
116396
Report Number(s):
CONF-950793-
ISBN 0-8194-1916-8; TRN: IM9545%%366
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 40. annual meeting of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, San Diego, CA (United States), 9-14 Jul 1995; Other Information: PBD: 1995; Related Information: Is Part Of Intense microwave pulses III; Brandt, H.E. [ed.] [Army Research Lab., Adelphi, MD (United States)]; PB: 546 p.; Proceedings/SPIE, Volume 2557
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
24 POWER TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION; 33 ADVANCED PROPULSION SYSTEMS; SPACE VEHICLES; PROPULSION SYSTEMS; DESIGN; MICROWAVE POWER TRANSMISSION; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; HYBRID SYSTEMS; SHIELDING; HUMAN FACTORS; COMMUNICATIONS; MATERIALS; NUCLEAR ENERGY

Citation Formats

Myrabo, L.N. Hyper-energetic manned aerospacecraft propelled by intense pulsed microwave power beam. United States: N. p., 1995. Web.
Myrabo, L.N. Hyper-energetic manned aerospacecraft propelled by intense pulsed microwave power beam. United States.
Myrabo, L.N. Wed . "Hyper-energetic manned aerospacecraft propelled by intense pulsed microwave power beam". United States.
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