NTRS - NASA Technical Reports Server

Back to Results
2006 Status of the Momentum eXchange Electrodynamic Re-Boost (MXER) Tether DevelopmentThe MXER Tether technology development is a high-payoff/high-risk investment area within the NASA In-Space Propulsion Technology (ISPT) Program. The ISPT program is managed by the NASA Headquarters Science Mission Directorate and implemented by the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The MXER concept was identified and competitively ranked within NASA's comprehensive Integrated In-Space Transportation Plan (IISTP); an agency-wide technology assessment activity. The objective of the MXER tether project within ISPT is to advance the technological maturation level for the MXER system, and its subsystems, as well as other space and terrestrial tether applications. Recent hardware efforts have focused on the manufacturability of space-survivable high-strength tether material and coatings, high-current electrodynamic tether, lightweight catch mechanism, high-accuracy propagator/predictor code, and efficient electron collection/current generation. Significant technical progress has been achieved with modest ISPT funding to the extent that MXER has evolved to a well-characterized system with greater capability as the design has been matured. Synergistic efforts in high-current electrodynamic tethers and efficient electron collection/current generation have been made possible through SBIR and STTR support. The entire development endeavor was orchestrated as a collaborative team effort across multiple individual contracts and has established a solid technology resource base, which permits a wide variety of future space cable/tether applications to be realized.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Bonometti, Joseph A.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Sorensen, Kirk F.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Dankanich, John W.
(Gray Research, Inc. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Frame, Kyle L.
(Gray Research, Inc. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2006
Subject Category
Electronics And Electrical Engineering
Report/Patent Number
AIAA Paper 2006-4521
Meeting Information
Meeting: 42nd Joint Propulsion Conference
Location: Sacramento, CA
Country: United States
Start Date: July 9, 2006
End Date: July 13, 2006
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
No Preview Available