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Tethered elevator: A unique opportunity for space processingThe latest fluid dynamic and material science experiments in the microgravity environment have emphasized the importance of the residual gravity level and of the g-jitter on fluid physics phenomena. The tethered elevator presents the possibility of providing variable g-levels (both steady and g-jitter) around a very low steady g-level (that can be realized when the elevator is near the center of mass of the space station-tether complex). When positioning a variable periodic oscillation to the payload a clean g-jitter disturbance can be obtained that would not be otherwise obtainable by other systems. These two possibilities make the elevator a facility to help resolve a number of still open questions that are preventing wider utilization of the space environment in the microgravity area.
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Conference Paper
Monti, R.
(Naples Univ.)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1986
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Publication: NASA, Washington Applications of Tethers in Space: Workshop Proceedings, Vol. 2
Subject Category
Astronautics (General)
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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