Laser Propulsion in Space,
Edition 1 Fundamentals, Technology, and Future Missions
Edited by Claude Phipps

Publication Date: 01 Jun 2024
Awaiting publication

Laser Propulsion in Space: Fundamentals, Technology, and Future Missions takes readers on a comprehensive journey from a theoretical overview of the fundamentals of laser ablation to a review of current projects involving high-power CW fiber lasers and their ongoing and potential applications. Written by experts in the field, the mathematically sound excursus also features graphics depicting the equations’ results and case studies with worked-out examples, making this book an invaluable reference source for students, researchers, and professional engineers in a number of complementary fields.

Key Features

  • Covers state-of-the-art methods for LOE debris removal that has become a very critical part of commercial and scientific space management
  • Includes opinion sections explaining why we as a technical society should care about each chapter’s topic and the considerably good outcomes that can be achieved with the high-intensity pulsed laser radiation technique
  • Accompanied by a companion website with video clips and other ancillary materials to support understanding
About the author
Edited by Claude Phipps, Managing Partner, Photonic Associates, LLC, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
Table of Contents
1 Basic theory of laser propulsion
2 Breakthrough Starshot program overview
3 Starshot system model
4 Space situational awareness: the potential role of lasers in long-term sustainability of space operations
5 State of the art in high-power lasers
6 High-power laser engines
7 Large scale directed energy
8 The ways to improve momentum and kinetic efficiency of laser propulsion
9 Laser-driven, In-Tube Accelerator (LITA)
10 Fly by light – demos & prizes
11 The dual-use dilemma and high-energy systems in space
Book details
ISBN: 9780443159039
Page Count: 280
Retail Price : £149.99
Masters and PhD students as well as post-doc researchers in advanced programs or highly specialized qualification courses related to aerospace engineering, aerospace and aviation technology, aerospace traffic management, space and planetary science, optics and lasers, optical communications engineering, physics, and astronomy.