Saturn power generation with electrodynamic tethers in polar orbit

Bombardelli, Claudio and Lorenzini, Enrico C. and Sanmartín Losada, Juan Ramón (2009). Saturn power generation with electrodynamic tethers in polar orbit. In: "AAS/AIAA 19th Spaceflight Mechanics Meeting", 8 - 12 feb 2009, Savana. ISBN 978-0877035541.

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Title: Saturn power generation with electrodynamic tethers in polar orbit
Author/s:
  • Bombardelli, Claudio
  • Lorenzini, Enrico C.
  • Sanmartín Losada, Juan Ramón
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: AAS/AIAA 19th Spaceflight Mechanics Meeting
Event Dates: 8 - 12 feb 2009
Event Location: Savana
Title of Book: Spaceflight Mechanics 2009
Date: 2009
ISBN: 978-0877035541
Subjects:
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Aeronáuticos (UPM)
Department: Física Aplicada a la Ingeniería Aeronáutica [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

A power generation scheme based on bare electrodynamic tethers (EDT), working in passive mode is investigated for the purpose of supplying power to scientific missions at Saturn. The system employs a spinning EDT on a lowaltitude polar orbit which permits to efficiently convert plasmasphere energy into useful power. After optimizing the tether design for power generation we compute the supplied power along the orbit and the impact of the Lorentz force on the orbital elements as function of the tether and orbit characteristics. Although uncertainties in the current ionosphere density modeling strongly affect the performance of the system the peak power density of the EDT appears be greater than conventional power systems.

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Item ID: 31235
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/31235/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:31235
Deposited by: Biblioteca ETSI Aeronauticos
Deposited on: 03 Oct 2014 12:59
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2014 12:59
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