Multi-Application Survivable Tether (MAST) Experiment

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NAS8-03037
Agency Tracking Number: 020007
Amount: $99,917.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2003
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
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Hoyt
 (425) 744-0400
Business Contact
 Robert Hoyt
Title: Business Official
Phone: (425) 744-0400
Research Institution
 Stanford University SSDL
 469 Lomita Mall, Stanford University
Stanford, CA, 94305
 (650) 723-8651
 Nonprofit college or university
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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