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Propellant Less Propulsion

Propellant Less Propulsion

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Published by Lizzy Odutola
Propulsion, propellant, propellant-less, tether
Propulsion, propellant, propellant-less, tether

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Categories:Types, Research
Published by: Lizzy Odutola on Oct 23, 2011
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial


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Tethered Propulsion
Tether propulsion requires no fuel, is completely reusable andenvironmentally clean, and provides all these features at lowcost.
Space tethers are cables, usually long and very strong, which canbe used for propulsion, stabilization, or maintaining theformation of space systems by determining the trajectory of spacecraft and payloads. Depending on the mission objectivesand altitude, spaceflight using this form of spacecraft propulsionmay be significantly less expensive than spaceflight using rocketengines.
Three main techniques for employing space tethers are indevelopment
Electrodynamic tether
This is a conductive tether that carries a current that can generatethrust or drag from a planetary magnetic field, in much the same way as an electric motor.
Momentum exchange tether
This is a rotating tether that would grab a spacecraft and then releaseit at later time. Doing this can transfer momentum and energy fromthe tether to and from the spacecraft with very little loss; this can beused for orbital maneuvering.
Tethered Formation Flying
This is typically a non-conductive tether that accurately maintains aset distance between space vehicles.

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