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dc.contributor.advisorAgrawal, Brij N.
dc.contributor.advisorColson, William B.
dc.contributor.authorWittrock, Jason M.
dc.dateDecember 2011
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-22T15:33:21Z
dc.date.available2012-08-22T15:33:21Z
dc.date.issued2011-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/10710
dc.description.abstractThe U.S. Navy is currently conducting research which will support the production of a MW-class free-electron laser (FEL). The Navy's end-state goal is to design and implement a defense system capable of destroying a fast-flying, anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) target. To this end, the necessity of ensuring accurate pointing control of the beam is required. The first part of this thesis focuses on the U.S. Navy's desired end-state and investigates the ability of feedback and feed-forward control methods to provide improved pointing accuracy to a beam director mounted on a naval vessel similar in size to that of a Ticonderoga-class cruiser while traversing through various sea-states. The second part of this thesis examines the feasibility of employing the FEL as a means of deep-space (Mars and beyond) communication and orbital debris removal and tracking of objects in low-earth orbit (LEO).en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/freeelectronlase1094510710
dc.format.extentxvi, 119 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm.en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. As such, it is in the public domain, and under the provisions of Title 17, United States Code, Section 105, may not be copyrighted.en_US
dc.subject.lcshSpace debris.en_US
dc.titleFree-Electron Laser (FEL) utilization in space applications (ship-borne pointing accuracy, deep-space communications, and orbital debris tracking)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE)
dc.subject.authorFree-Electron Laseren_US
dc.subject.authorFELen_US
dc.subject.authorPointing Accuracyen_US
dc.subject.authorSpace Communicationsen_US
dc.subject.authorOrbital Debris Removalen_US
dc.subject.authorOrbital Debris Tracking;en_US
dc.description.serviceUS Navy (USN) authoren_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.S. in Astronautical Engineeringen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineAstronautical Engineeringen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate School (U.S.)en_US


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