The PROPEL electrodynamic tether demonstration mission

Sven G. Bilen, C. Les Johnson, Bruce M. Wiegmann, Leslie Alexander, Brian E. Gilchrist, Robert P. Hoyt, Craig H. Elder, Keith P. Fuhrhop, Michael Scadera, Nobie Stone

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Abstract

The PROPEL ("Propulsion using Electrodynamics") mission will demonstrate the operation of an electrodynamic tether propulsion system in low Earth orbit and advance its technology readiness level for multiple applications. The PROPEL mission has two primary objectives: first, to demonstrate the capability of electrodynamic tether technology to provide robust and safe, near-propellantless propulsion for orbit-raising, de-orbit, plane change, and station keeping, as well as to perform orbital power harvesting and formation flight; and, second, to fully characterize and validate the performance of an integrated electrodynamic tether propulsion system, qualifying it for infusion into future multiple satellite platforms and missions with minimal modification. This paper provides an overview of the PROPEL system and design reference missions; mission goals and required measurements; and ongoing PROPEL mission design efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2012
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
EventAIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2012 - Pasadena, CA, United States
Duration: Sep 11 2012Sep 13 2012

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NameAIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2012

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OtherAIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2012
CountryUnited States
CityPasadena, CA
Period9/11/129/13/12

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Electrodynamics
Propulsion
Demonstrations
Orbits
Tetherlines
Earth (planet)
Satellites

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering

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Bilen, S. G., Les Johnson, C., Wiegmann, B. M., Alexander, L., Gilchrist, B. E., Hoyt, R. P., ... Stone, N. (2012). The PROPEL electrodynamic tether demonstration mission. In AIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2012 (AIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2012).
Bilen, Sven G. ; Les Johnson, C. ; Wiegmann, Bruce M. ; Alexander, Leslie ; Gilchrist, Brian E. ; Hoyt, Robert P. ; Elder, Craig H. ; Fuhrhop, Keith P. ; Scadera, Michael ; Stone, Nobie. / The PROPEL electrodynamic tether demonstration mission. AIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2012. 2012. (AIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2012).
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Bilen, SG, Les Johnson, C, Wiegmann, BM, Alexander, L, Gilchrist, BE, Hoyt, RP, Elder, CH, Fuhrhop, KP, Scadera, M & Stone, N 2012, The PROPEL electrodynamic tether demonstration mission. in AIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2012. AIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2012, AIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2012, Pasadena, CA, United States, 9/11/12.

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