Accession Number : ADA338597

Title :   BEAR (Beam Experiments Aboard a Rocket) Project. Volume 1: Project Summary

Descriptive Note : Final rept.

Corporate Author : LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LAB NM

Personal Author(s) : Nunz, G. J.

PDF Url : ADA338597

Report Date : 01 JAN 1990

Pagination or Media Count : 121

Abstract : The U.S. Department of Defense's Strategic Defense Initiative Organization is sponsoring the development of neutral particle beam (NPB) technology for strategic defense applications. The first step in demonstrating the functioning of an NPB in space was the development and launch of the Beam Experiments Aboard a Rocket (BEAR) in New Mexico in July 1989. A government, laboratory, and industrial team, under the technical coordination of Los Alamos National Laboratory, designed, developed, and tested the BEAR payload. The primary objective of BEAR was the operation of an NPB accelerator in space. The payload was also designed to study (1) the effects on the space vehicle of emitting an NPB and associated charged beams into the space environment; (2) the propagation and attenuation characteristics of an NPB in space; (3) the dynamics of the charged particle components of the beam in the geomagnetic field; (4) the effects of neutral effluent from the vehicle; and (5) any anomalous or unanticipated phenomena associated with operating an NPB in the space environment. The BEAR experiment successfully demonstrated operation of an NPB accelerator and propagation of the neutral beam as predicted in space, obtained first-of-a-kind NPB space physics data, and demonstrated the ability of the BEAR accelerator to survive recovery and to continue operating normally. No unanticipated phenomena were encountered that would significantly delay further development of NPB technology for defensive, space-based weapon systems.

Descriptors :   *DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS, *SPACE WEAPONS, *PARTICLE ACCELERATORS, GEOMAGNETISM, STRATEGIC DEFENSE INITIATIVE, ROCKETS, PARTICLE BEAMS, SPACE BASED, NEUTRON BEAMS.

Subject Categories : Space Warfare
      Directed Energy Weapons
      Particle Accelerators

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE