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propulsive small expendable deployer system (proseds)The Propulsive Small Expendable Deployer System (ProSEDS) space experiment will demonstrate the use of an electrodynamic tether propulsion system to generate thrust in space by decreasing the orbital altitude of a Delta 11 Expendable Launch Vehicle second stage. ProSEDS, which is planned on an Air Force GPS Satellite replacement mission in June 2002, will use the flight proven Small Expendable Deployer System (SEDS) to deploy a tether (5 km bare wire plus 10 km non-conducting Dyneema) from a Delta 11 second stage to achieve approx. 0.4N drag thrust. ProSEDS will utilize the tether-generated current to provide limited spacecraft power. The ProSEDS instrumentation includes Langmuir probes and Differential Ion Flux Probes, which will determine the characteristics of the ambient ionospheric plasma. Two Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers will be used (one on the Delta and one on the endmass) to help determine tether dynamics and to limit transmitter operations to occasions when the spacecraft is over selected ground stations. The flight experiment is a precursor to the more ambitious electrodynamic tether upper stage demonstration mission, which will be capable of orbit raising, lowering and inclination changes-all using electrodynamic thrust. An immediate application of ProSEDS technology is for the removal of spent satellites for orbital debris mitigation. In addition to the use of this technology to provide orbit transfer and debris mitigation it may also be an attractive option for future missions to Jupiter and any other planetary body with a magnetosphere.
Document ID
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Curtis, Leslie
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Johnson, Les
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Brown, Norman S.
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2002
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing and Performance
Meeting Information
Space Technology and Applications International Forum(Albuquerque, NM)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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