This paper discusses the design, execution, and analysis of a series of terrestrial scale model tests of a motorised momentum exchange propulsion tether and concludes with some recommendations for full size system design and implementation. This work completes the reporting of a programme of research into scale model design, funded by The European Space Agency's European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), and finalises the account of the experiment. The tests were performed in-house on a wooden laboratory floor, and subsequently on an ice bed using a radio controlled scale model propulsion system with provision for switch-on of the main motor, automated start-up using compressed air, and controlled electrical payload release. The detail design of the experimental system is discussed in the paper and various aspects of performance are examined in the context of initial expectations and calculations. It concludes with a set of recommendations for full size systems in space, together with suggestions for further terrestrial work.
|Publication status||Published - 2001|
|Event||37th Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit - Salt Lake City, UT., United States|
Duration: 8 Jul 2001 → 11 Jul 2001
|Conference||37th Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit|
|City||Salt Lake City, UT.|
|Period||8/07/01 → 11/07/01|