Multi-Application Survivable Tether (MAST) Experiment

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,917.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NAS8-03037
Award Id:
61927
Agency Tracking Number:
020007
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
19011 36th Ave W, Suite F, Lynnwood, WA, 98036
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
RobertHoyt
(425) 744-0400
hoyt@tethers.com
Business Contact:
RobertHoyt
Business Official
(425) 744-0400
hoyt@tethers.com
Research Institute:
Stanford University SSDL
Bob
469 Lomita Mall, Stanford University
Stanford, CA, 94305
(650) 723-8651
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Space tether technology can provide propellantless propulsion for orbital maneuvering, orbital transfer, and spacecraft formation flying. The MAST (Multi- Application Survivable Tether) experiment team, consisting of Tethers Unlimited, Inc. (TUI) and the Stanford University Space Systems Development Laboratory (SSDL), propose to develop and test space-survivable tether technologies relevant to momentum-exchange tethers, electrodynamic propulsion tether systems, formation flying, and space elevator technologies. Specifically, the MAST team will develop both a very small tether deployer suitable for use on picosatellite experiments and a simple tether crawler/inspector, and use these in a very low-cost CubeSat flight experiment to obtain critical data on the survivability of tethers and other gossamer space technologies in the M/OD environment. In the Phase I effort, we will design and build breadboard prototypes of these picosatellite tether systems. In the Phase II effort, we will conduct a flight experiment on the CubeSat platform, obtaining critical data on space tether survivability and the dynamics of tethered spacecraft formations.

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