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Proposals for an Earth-Moon mission design based on motorised momentum exchange tethers

Cartmell, M. and McInnes, C.R. and McKenzie, D. and Cartmell, Matthew P. (2004) Proposals for an Earth-Moon mission design based on motorised momentum exchange tethers. In: Proceedings of the XXXII Summer School on Advanced Problems in Mechanics, APM 2004, St Petersburg. IPME RAS.

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Abstract

In order to launch mankind into deep space a staging base must be built on the moon, or in space, to gain experience of the extra-terrestrial environment and to test the critical technologies needed. In view of this, this paper outlines a low-cost, reusable method for payload transfer to the moon using a Motorized Momentum Exchange Tether. The performance of the Motorized Momentum Exchange Tether (MMET) is predicted by simulation of the equations of motion of a pair of identical propulsion tethers emanating from the rotor of a central motorized facility with two identical payloads, one at the end of each tether.