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Scientific and technical applications of a tethered satellite systemA Shuttle-borne tether system capable of deploying a tether to radial distances as great as 100 km was described by Rupp and Laue (1978). The system as discussed by Rupp and Laue would have a total mass of 700 kg and would be mounted on one Shuttle pallet. It would consist of a tether reel mechanism complete with a servo drive motor and control sensors, a boom with docking probe used for initial deployment and subsequent retrieval, some type of satellite weighing 175 kg, up to 100 km of synthetic or metallic tether approximately 1 mm in diameter, a digital control computer, and a control and display panel on the Orbiter aft flight deck for crew operation. The primary use of a tether system for geological applications would be in the measurement of those magnetic and gravitational fields associated with geological structures. The major appeal in connection with atmospheric applications is the system's ability to extend instrumentation down into the lower thermosphere and possibly the mesosphere.
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Conference Paper
Snoddy, W. C.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Solar-Terrestrial Physics Div., Huntsville, Ala., United States)
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August 9, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1979
Subject Category
Astronautics (General)
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 79-0051
Meeting Information
Meeting: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Aerospace Sciences Meeting
Location: New Orleans, LA
Start Date: January 15, 1979
End Date: January 17, 1979
Sponsors: American Institute of Aeronautics, Astronautics
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