Australian Science and Technology with Relevance to Beamed Energy Propulsion
- Conference date: 12–15 November 2007
- Location: Kailua‐Kona (Hawaii)
Although Australia has no Beamed Energy Propulsion programs at the present time, it is accomplishing significant scientific and technological activity that is of potential relevance to Beamed Energy Propulsion (BEP). These activities include: continual upgrading and enhancement of the Woomera Test Facility, Which is ideal for development and test of high power laser or microwave systems and the flight vehicles they would propel; collaborative development and test, with the US and UK of hypersonic missiles that embody many features needed by beam‐propelled flight vehicles; hypersonic air breathing propulsion systems that embody inlet‐engine‐nozzle features needed for beam‐riding agility by air breathing craft; and research on specially conditioned EM fields that could reduce beamed energy lost during atmospheric propagation.
- Atmospheric propagation
- Microwave power transmission
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