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For release: 10-09-03
Photo release #: 03-180

From gas-powered to laser-powered!
NASA research team successfully flies first laser-powered aircraft

Photo description: With a laser beam centered on its solar panel, technician Tony Frakowiak (left) of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., and researcher Tim Blackwell of the University of Alabama in Huntsville check out the lightweight model aircraft before its power-beamed demonstration flight.Large 3000 x 2400 (300)
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With a laser beam centered on its solar panel, technician Tony Frakowiak (left) of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., and researcher Tim Blackwell of the University of Alabama in Huntsville check out the lightweight model aircraft before its power-beamed demonstration flight. (Tom Tschida, NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center)

 

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With a laser beam centered on its panel of photovoltaic cells, the lightweight model plane makes the first flight of an aircraft powered by a laser beam inside a building at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville Ala. (Tom Tschida, NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center)

 

Photo description: Powered by a laser beam directed at it from a center pedestal, the lightweight model plane makes the first flight of an aircraft powered by laser energy inside a building at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.Large 2400 x 3000 (300)
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Powered by a laser beam directed at it from a center pedestal, the lightweight model plane makes the first flight of an aircraft powered by laser energy inside a building at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. (Tom Tschida, NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center)

 

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Project engineer Dave Bushman of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif., carefully aims the optics of a laser device at a photovoltaic cell panel on a model aircraft during the first flight demonstration of the aircraft powered by laser light. (Tom Tschida, NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center)


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