Sounding rocket experiment of bare electrodynamic tether system

Hironori A. Fujii, Takeo Watanabe, Hirohisa Kojima, Koh Ichiro Oyama, Tairo Kusagaya, Yoshiki Yamagiwa, Hirotaka Ohtsu, Mengu Cho, Susumu Sasaki, Koji Tanaka, John Williams, Binyamin Rubin, Charles Les Johnson, George Khazanov, Juan R. Sanmartin, Jean Pierre Lebreton, Erick J. van der Heide, Michiel Kruijff, Fabio De Pascal, Pavel M. Trivailo

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An overview of a sounding rocket, S-520-25th, project on space tether technology experiment is presented. The project is prepared by an international research group consisting of Japanese, European, American, and Australian researchers. The sounding rocket will be assembled by the ISAS/JAXA and will be launched in the summer of 2009. The sounding rocket mission includes two engineering experiments and two scientific experiments. These experiments consist of the deployment of bare electrodynamic tape tether in space, a quick ignition test of hollow cathode system in space, the demonstration of bare electrodynamic tether system in space, and the test of the OML (orbital-motion-limit) current collection theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-324
Number of pages12
JournalActa Astronautica
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jan

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering


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