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laserDiffracted solar sail

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There is a NASA NIAC study to improved laser pushed sails with advanced diffracted solar sail. Advanced diffractive films may afford advantages over passive reflective surfaces for a variety space missions that use solar or laser in-space propulsion. Three cases …

laserMaterials for the Interstellar Starshot lightsail

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Nature materials -Materials challenges for the Starshot lightsail A solar sail able to be pushed by lasers to 20% of light speed would need to be about 10 square meters but weigh less than a gram. The sail will have …

laserMaterials for the Interstellar Starshot lightsail

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Nature materials -Materials challenges for the Starshot lightsail A solar sail able to be pushed by lasers to 20% of light speed would need to be about 10 square meters but weigh less than a gram. The sail will have …

astronomyFuture Solar Sail Missions

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Les Johnson of the NASA Marshall Space Center provides a 37-page presentation on solar sails covering the technical details, past projects and future projects. Near-term work is with various cubesats and solar sails. Near Earth Asteroid Scout The Near Earth …

3dNASA laser wire 3D printing of rocket nozzles is much cheaper and five times faster

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A new process called Laser Wire Direct Closeout (LWDC) was developed and advanced at NASA to build a less-expensive rocket nozzle in significantly less time. LWDC is a different process than most 3-D printing technologies, which are powder-based and fabricated …

laserAnalog quantum simulation based on laser-trapped circular Rydberg atoms

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State-of-the-art techniques make it possible to build a spin-chain quantum simulator based on laser-trapped circular Rydberg atoms. This simulator combines the flexibility of atomic lattices and the individual atomic observable read-out typical of ion trap, together with the strong dipole-dipole …

energyPrototype for two beam laser fusion system within a decade if no major hurdles arise

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Dramatic advances in laser technology are close to making the two-laser approach feasible, and a spate of recent experiments around the world indicate that an ‘avalanche’ fusion reaction could be triggered in the trillionth-of-a-second blast from a petawatt-scale laser pulse, …

economic impactBreakthroughs could make commercial laser nuclear fusion through billion times improvements in yield

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Two recent scientific breakthroughs have opened a new way to laser fusion reactions according to startup HB11 Energy. It involves the reaction between hydrogen H and the boron isotope 11 (HB11) as uncompressed solid state fuel within an extremely high …

futureLaser arrays for propelling spaceships can also be used like nuclear cannon weapons

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A powerful 70 gigawatt laser propulsion system that could accelerate an 100 kilogram object over 122 seconds to 2% of light speed (6000 kilometers per second) would also be able to fire kinetic projectiles at nuclear weapon power. The goal …