One of several images from Hoffman's article showing different power beaming applications
There will be no space elevator without practical laser power beaming.
MachineDesign.com's Senior Editor Jean M. Hoffman put together an excellent article on laser power beaming for the March 8, 2007 issue the magazine explaining how "a range of experimental efforts give promise that lasers may, in the not too distant future, provide cheap, safe, and reliable access to space."
The article covers the history of laser power beaming, its current status, the way forward and provides a list of contacts for the researchers and companies in the field.
[And, yes, I DO read the whole Internet each morning over breakfast while discussing the day's plans with my family. ADD does have its advantages. --PB--]
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