In order to launch mankind into deep space a staging base must be built on the moon, or in space, to gain experience of the extra-terrestrial environment and to test the critical technologies needed. In view of this, this paper outlines a low-cost, reusable method for payload transfer to the moon using a Motorized Momentum Exchange Tether. The performance of the Motorized Momentum Exchange Tether (MMET) is predicted by simulation of the equations of motion of a pair of identical propulsion tethers emanating from the rotor of a central motorized facility with two identical payloads, one at the end of each tether.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the XXXII Summer School on Advanced Problems in Mechanics, APM 2004, St Petersburg|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|
- space travel
- space flight
- propulsion systems
- control systems
Cartmell, M., McInnes, C. R., McKenzie, D., & Cartmell, M. P. (2004). Proposals for an Earth-Moon mission design based on motorised momentum exchange tethers. In Proceedings of the XXXII Summer School on Advanced Problems in Mechanics, APM 2004, St Petersburg