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Laser propulsion activity in South Africa

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Abstract

Three sets of laser propulsion experiments have been conducted in South Africa. The first, on the MLIS kilowatt CO2 laser at Pelindaba, gave a surprisingly good result but could not be repeated after the laser chain was dismantled when South Africa's uranium isotope programme was closed. The second, conducted with a kilowatt CO2 laser module, produced unexpectedly weak propulsion. We give reasons for the discrepancy between the two experiments. In the third experiment, hybrid solar and laser propulsion was tested: laser momentum coupling was enhanced as a result of generation of a dusty plasma by the concentrated solar energy.
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hal-03543745 , version 1 (26-01-2022)

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M M Michaelis, A Forbes, W Klopper, Hassan Bencherif, S Jolivet, et al.. Laser propulsion activity in South Africa. South African Journal of Science, 2006, 102. ⟨hal-03543745⟩
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