Abstract

The influence of angular aberration of radiation as a result of the difference in speed of a geostationary satellite and the speed of the Earth’s surface on laser power beaming to satellites is considered. Angular aberration makes it impossible to direct the energy to the satellite, and additional beam rotation is necessary. Because the Earth’s rotation may cause bad phase restoration, we face a serious problem: how to transfer incoherent radiation to remote satellites. In the framework of the Kolmogorov turbulence model simple conditions of energy transfer are derived and discussed.

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