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The tether inspection and repair experiment (TIRE)The successful development and deployment of reusable tethers for space applications will require methods for detecting, locating, and repairing damage to the tether. This requirement becomes especially important whenever the safety of the STS or the Space Station may be diminished or when critical supplies or systems would be lost in the event of a tether failure. A joint NASA/PSN study endeavor has recently been initiated to evaluate and address the problems to be solved for such an undertaking. The objectives of the Tether Inspection and Repair Experiment (TIRE) are to develop instrumentation and repair technology for specific classes of tethers defined as standards, and to demonstrate the technologies in ground-based and in-flight testing on the STS.
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Conference Paper
Wood, George M.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Loria, Alberto
(CNR Piano Spaziale Nazionale, Rome, Italy)
Harrison, James K.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
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August 14, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1988
Subject Category
Astronautics (General)
Meeting Information
Meeting: Intl. Conference on Space Tethers for Science in the Space Station Era
Location: Venice
Country: Italy
Start Date: October 4, 1987
End Date: October 8, 1987
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