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Aerospace 2014, 1(1), 31-51; doi:10.3390/aerospace1010031

The Space Mission Design Example Using LEO Bolos

ISAS/JAXA, Yoshinodai 3-1-1, Chuuou-ku, Sagamihara-shi 252-5210, Kanagawa-ken, Japan
Received: 18 October 2013 / Revised: 13 December 2013 / Accepted: 13 December 2013 / Published: 27 December 2013
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Four sample space launch missions were designed using rotating momentum transfer tethers (bolos) within low Earth orbit and a previously unknown phenomenon of “aerospinning” was identified and simulated. The momentum transfer tethers were found to be only marginally more efficient than the use of chemical rocket boosters. Insufficient power density of modern spacecrafts was identified as the principal inhibitory factor for tether usage as a means of launch-assistance, with power densities at least 10 W/kg required for effective bolos operation. View Full-Text
Keywords: tether; launch assist; momentum transfer; spacecraft propulsion tether; launch assist; momentum transfer; spacecraft propulsion

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Nizhnik, O. The Space Mission Design Example Using LEO Bolos. Aerospace 2014, 1, 31-51.

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