Tethers and their role in the Space Exploration InitiativeThis paper addresses some potential applications for tethers in space, and describes a mission designed to deploy a satellite from a Delta II launch vehicle, by NASA's Small Expendable Deployer System, via a 46 km long tether. The mission, targeted for 1993, will contribute to the U.S. Space Exploration Initiative, and along with the shuttle flight of the tethered satellite system, TSS1, will be one of the first attempts to experimentally characterize the dynamics of a tethered system. Data taken from two experimental packages onboard the satellite will be analyzed to verify mathematical simulations related to tether dynamics.
Bankston, Cheryl D. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Gilbert, John A. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Wingo, Dennis R. (Alabama Univ. Huntsville, United States)
August 16, 2013
January 1, 1992
Publication: In: Engineering, construction, and operations in space - III: Space '92; Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference, Denver, CO, May 31-June 4, 1992. Vol. 1 (A93-41976 17-12)