Watanabe, Takeo and Fujii, Hironori and Kusagaya, Tairo and Sahara, Hironori and Kojima, Hirohisa and Takehara, Shoichiro and Yamagiwa, Yoshiki and Sasaki, Susumu and Abe, Takumi and Tanaka, Koji and Oyama, Khoichiro and Ebinuma, Takuji and Johson, Les and Khazanov, George and Sanmartín Losada, Juan Ramón and Charro, Mario and Kruijff, Michiel and Heide, Erik J. van der and Rubin, Binyamin and García de Quirós, Francisco G. and Trivailo, Pavel M. and Williams, Paul
T-REX: Bare electro-dynamic tape-tether technology experimetn on sounding rocket S520.
"The Journal of Space Technology and Science", v. 26
The project to verify the performance of space tether technology was successfully demonstrated by the launch of the sounding rocket S520 the 25tu. The project is the
space demonstration of science and engineering technologies of a bare tape electrodynamic tether (EDT) in the international campaign between Japan, USA, Europe and Australia. Method of "Inverse ORIGAMI (Tape tether folding)" was employed in order to deploy the bare tape EDT in a short period time of the suborbital flight. The deployment of tape tether was tested in a various experimental schemes on ground to show high reliability of tape tether deployment. The rocket was launched on the summer of 2010 and deployed a bare electro-dynamic tape tether with length 132.6 m, which is the world record of the length deployment of tape tether. The verification of
tether technology has found a variety kind of science and technology results as the first in the humankind and will lead a large number of applications of space tether technologies