Proposals for an Earth-Moon mission design based on motorised momentum exchange tethers

M. Cartmell, C.R. McInnes, D. McKenzie, Matthew P. Cartmell

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the XXXII Summer School on Advanced Problems in Mechanics, APM 2004, St Petersburg
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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Keywords

  • space travel
  • moon
  • space flight
  • propulsion systems
  • control systems

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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