Fujii, Hironori and Oyama, Kohichiro and Sasaki, Susumu and Yamagiwa, Yoshiki and Cho, Mengu and Sanmartín Losada, Juan Ramón and Charro, Mario and Heide, Erik J. van der and Kruijff, Michiel and Lebreton, Jean-Pierre and Hilgers, Alain
A proposed bare tether experiment on board a sounding rocket.
In: "9th Spacecraft Charging Technology Conference", 4-8 apr 2005, Tsukuba, Japón.
A sounding rocket experiment is proposed to carry out two experiments by the conductive bare-tether; 1) the test of the OML (Orbital-Motion-Limited) theory to collect electron, and II) the test of techniques to determine (neutral) density profile in critical E-layer. The main driver of the mission is provide a space tether technology experiment in low-Earth-Orbit (LEO) deploying a long tape tether in space and verify the performance of the bare electrodynamic tape tether. The sounding rocket experiment will show no danger to other satellites as the tether missions YES1, SEDSAT, and ProCEDS, which is cancelled just for afraid of collision with the ISS orbit. Also, the sounding rocket mission is possible to demonstrate the bare tether technology in low cost, simple mission concept, fast realization for space structures. The present sounding rocket experiment is expected to be the first conductive bare tether experiment.