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Record 88 of 3246
Combination Solar Sail and Electrodynamic Tether Propulsion System
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Author and Affiliation:
Johnson, Charles L. [Inventor](NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, United States)
Matloff, Gregory L. [Inventor](NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, United States)
Abstract: A propulsion system for a spacecraft includes a solar sail system and an electrodynamic tether system is presented. The solar sail system is used to generate propulsion to propel the spacecraft through space using solar photons and the electrodynamic tether system is used to generate propulsion to steer the spacecraft into orbit and to perform orbital maneuvers around a planet using the planet's magnetic field. The electrodynamic tether system can also be used to generate power for the spacecraft using the planet's magnetic field.
Publication Date: May 20, 2003
Document ID:
20030068300
(Acquired Sep 29, 2003)
Subject Category: SPACECRAFT PROPULSION AND POWER
Report/Patent Number: US-Patent-6,565,044, US-Patent-Appl-SN-097698, NASA-Case-MFS-31503
Document Type: Patent
Financial Sponsor: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Huntsville, AL, United States
Organization Source: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Huntsville, AL, United States
Description: 8p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
NASA Terms: SOLAR SAILS; TETHERING; ELECTRODYNAMICS; SPACECRAFT PROPULSION; PROPULSION SYSTEM CONFIGURATIONS; PHOTONS; ACCELERATION; PLANETARY MAGNETIC FIELDS; PLANETARY ROTATION; ORBITAL MANEUVERS; PATENTS
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