Propulsive small expendable deployer system experiment

Jhonson, Les, Estes, Robert D., Lorenzini, Enrico C., Martínez-Sánchez, Manuel and Sanmartín Losada, Juan Ramón (2000). Propulsive small expendable deployer system experiment. "Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets", v. 37 (n. 2); pp. 173-176. ISSN 0022-4650.


Title: Propulsive small expendable deployer system experiment
  • Jhonson, Les
  • Estes, Robert D.
  • Lorenzini, Enrico C.
  • Martínez-Sánchez, Manuel
  • Sanmartín Losada, Juan Ramón
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets
Date: March 2000
ISSN: 0022-4650
Volume: 37
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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Relatively short electrodynamic tethers can extract orbital energy to "push" against a planetary magnetic field to achieve propulsion without the expenditure of propellant. The Propulsive Small Expendable Deployer System experiment will use the flight-proven Small Expendable Deployer System to deploy a 5-km bare aluminum tether from a Delta II upper stage to achieve ~0.4-N drag thrust, thus lowering the altitude of the stage. The experiment will use a predominantly bare tether for current collection in lieu of the endmass collector and insulated tether used on previous missions. The flight experiment is a precursor to a more ambitious electrodynamic tether upper-stage demonstration mission that will be capable of orbit-raising,lowering, and inclination changes, all using electrodynamic thrust. The expected performance of the tether propulsion system during the experiment is described.

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Item ID: 26393
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DOI: 10.2514/2.3563
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Deposited by: Biblioteca ETSI Aeronauticos
Deposited on: 22 May 2014 13:37
Last Modified: 25 May 2015 13:51
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