Electrodynamic tethers for energy harvesting and propulsion on space platforms

Sven G. Bilen, Jesse K. McTernan, Brian E. Gilchrist, Iverson C. Bell, Nestor R. Voronka, Robert P. Hoyt

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Abstract

Electrodynamic tethers can be used to generate power onboard spacecraft orbiting the Earth (or any other planetary body with a magnetic field), essentially "harvesting" energy from the orbital energy of the spacecraft. A key benefit of an electrodynamic tether is the high peak power generation capability for a small impact in spacecraft mass and volume. Reciprocally, the same system can be used to provide orbit-raising propulsion, or change of any other orbital parameter if power is applied to the tether. In this work, the research goal is to develop a better understanding of the power generation capabilities of EDT systems on various scales, and to develop system concepts, key elements, and technology roadmaps for their use. This paper reports on preliminary results for large-to-small, nano-, and picosatellite scales. The results show that EDTs are viable devices for providing power to spacecraft and worthy of further investigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2010
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
EventAIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2010 - Anaheim, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 30 2010Sep 2 2010

Other

OtherAIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2010
CountryUnited States
CityAnaheim, CA
Period8/30/109/2/10

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Tetherlines
Space platforms
Energy harvesting
Electrodynamics
Propulsion
Spacecraft
Power generation
Picosatellites
Nanosatellites
Orbits
Earth (planet)
Magnetic fields

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering

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Bilen, S. G., McTernan, J. K., Gilchrist, B. E., Bell, I. C., Voronka, N. R., & Hoyt, R. P. (2010). Electrodynamic tethers for energy harvesting and propulsion on space platforms. In AIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2010
Bilen, Sven G. ; McTernan, Jesse K. ; Gilchrist, Brian E. ; Bell, Iverson C. ; Voronka, Nestor R. ; Hoyt, Robert P. / Electrodynamic tethers for energy harvesting and propulsion on space platforms. AIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2010. 2010.
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