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An Overview of Electrodynamic Tether Performance in the Jovian SystemThe Jovian magnetosphere with its strong magnetic field and rapid planetary rotation present new opportunities and challenges for the use of electrodynamic tethers. An overview of the basic plasma physics properties of an electrodynamic tether moving through the Jovian magnetosphere is examined. Tether use for both propulsion and power generation are considered. Close to the planet, tether propulsive forces are found to be as high as 50 Newtons and power levels as high as 1 million Watts.
Document ID
19990099262
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Authors
Gallagher, Dennis
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Johnson, Les
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Bagenal, Fran
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Moore, James
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Date Acquired
August 19, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1998
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
Meeting Information
Meeting: Advanced Propulsion
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Country: United States
Start Date: March 11, 1998
End Date: March 13, 1998
Sponsors: Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech., NASA Headquarters
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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