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International Space Station Electrodynamic Tether Reboost StudyThe International Space Station (ISS) will require periodic reboost due to atmospheric aerodynamic drag. This is nominally achieved through the use of thruster firings by the attached Progress M spacecraft. Many Progress flights to the ISS are required annually. Electrodynamic tethers provide an attractive alternative in that they can provide periodic reboost or continuous drag cancellation using no consumables, propellant, nor conventional propulsion elements. The system could also serve as an emergency backup reboost system used only in the event resupply and reboost are delayed for some reason.
Document ID
19980223479
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Authors
Johnson, L. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Herrmann, M. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 1998
Subject Category
Astronautics (General)
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:208538
NASA/TM-1998-208538
M-886
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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