Optimal trajectories for a ground-to-orbit laser-propelled launch vehicle

dc.contributor.advisor Pierson, Bion
dc.contributor.author Humble, William Edward
dc.date.accessioned 2024-05-15T16:38:32Z
dc.date.available 2024-05-15T16:38:32Z
dc.date.issued 1993
dc.description.abstract The focus of this research has been on the optimal trajectories for launching a laser-propelled vehicle of the type to Low Earth Orbit. The launch system modeled in this research is based on work done by Jordin T. Kare and consists of a ground based laser capable of 300 megawatts of average power. It is assumed to be constructed atop a 3000 meter mountain peak, which places it above the thickest part of Earth's atmosphere. Such a launch vehicle is given some initial upward boost before the laser is turned on. Control of the steering angle 8 is assumed to be handled from the ground by altering the power distribution across the high-energy pulse.
dc.identifier.uri https://dr.lib.iastate.edu/handle/20.500.12876/azJ4mGPv
dc.language.iso en
dc.title Optimal trajectories for a ground-to-orbit laser-propelled launch vehicle
dc.type Thesis
dc.type.genre Thesis
dspace.entity.type Publication
relation.isDegreeOrgUnitOfPublication 047b23ca-7bd7-4194-b084-c4181d33d95d
thesis.degree.department Aerospace Engineering
thesis.degree.discipline Aerospace Engineering
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Science
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