Trajectory Control of Small Rotating Projectiles by Laser Sparks Conference Paper uri icon


  • © 2016, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA. All Rights Reserved. Experimental and theoretical analyses of the trajectory control of small rotating projectiles by laser discharges have been performed. The laser spark was generated by 1.06 μm Nd-YAG laser (300 mJ, 5 ns pulse duration). It was shown that the spark generates a strong shock wave, a hot gas spot, and a slowly evolving air jet. The gas heating associated with the hot gas spot is the primary mechanism for the pressure redistribution along the projectile surface and the trajectory change.

author list (cited authors)

  • Starikovskiy, A., Limbach, C., & Miles, R. B.

citation count

  • 5

publication date

  • January 2016
  • January 1, 2016 11:11 AM