The Resource Using lasers in space : laser orbital debris removal and asteroid deflection, by Jonathan W. Campbell

Using lasers in space : laser orbital debris removal and asteroid deflection, by Jonathan W. Campbell

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Using lasers in space : laser orbital debris removal and asteroid deflection
Title
Using lasers in space
Title remainder
laser orbital debris removal and asteroid deflection
Statement of responsibility
by Jonathan W. Campbell
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Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Orbital debris in tow-Earth orbit ranging in size from 1 to 10 centimeters (cm) in diameter, poses a significant problem for space vehicles. While this debris can he detected, it cannot he tracked with sufficient reliability to permit spacecraft to avoid these objects. Such debris can cause catastrophic damage even to a shielded spacecraft. Given the technological advances associated with adaptive optics, a ground-based pulsed laser could ablate or vaporize the surface of orbital debris, thereby producing enough cumulative thrust to cause debris to reenter the atmosphere. One laser facility could remove all of the one-ten centimeter debris in three years or less. This study proposes that the United States develop a technology demonstration of this laser space propulsion in order to implement a system for removing debris from earth orbit. The cost of this proposed demonstration is favorable in comparison with the typical costs for spacecraft operations. Orbital debris is not the only form of space junk. that is deleterious to the Earth. Since collisions with asteroids have caused major havoc to the Earth's biosphere on several occasions in the geological past, the reality is that the Earth will probably experience another impact in the future. For this reason, this study also considers the possibilities of scaling up a system for removing orbital debris to a system that could prevent these catastrophic collisions if we have sufficient warning."
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Campbell, Jon
Government publication
federal national government publication
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Air University (U.S.)
Series statement
Occasional paper
Series volume
no. 20
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  • Lasers in astronautics
  • Space debris
  • Asteroids
Label
Using lasers in space : laser orbital debris removal and asteroid deflection, by Jonathan W. Campbell
Link
http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS46748
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Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen (viewed on Apr. 6, 2004)
  • "December 2000."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Hazards from orbital debris -- Near earth asteroid avoidance system
Control code
17348699
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unknown
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System details
  • System requirements: Graphical World Wide Web browser; Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Mode of access: Internet from the AWC web site. Address as of 4/6/04: http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/cst/csat20.pdf ; current access available via PURL
Label
Using lasers in space : laser orbital debris removal and asteroid deflection, by Jonathan W. Campbell
Link
http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS46748
Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen (viewed on Apr. 6, 2004)
  • "December 2000."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Hazards from orbital debris -- Near earth asteroid avoidance system
Control code
17348699
Dimensions
unknown
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System details
  • System requirements: Graphical World Wide Web browser; Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Mode of access: Internet from the AWC web site. Address as of 4/6/04: http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/cst/csat20.pdf ; current access available via PURL

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