Memorias de investigación
Communications at congresses:
Saturn Power generation with Electrodynamic Tethers in Polar Orbit.
Year:2009

Research Areas
  • Electronic

Information
Abstract
A power generation scheme based on bare electrodynamic tethers (EDT) working in passive mode is investigated for the purpose of supplying power to scientific missions at Saturn. The system employs a spinning EDT on a low-altitude polar orbit which permits to efficiently convert plasmasphere energy into useful power. After optimizing the tether design for power generation we compute the supplied power along the orbit and the impact of the Lorentz force on the orbital elements as function of the tether and orbit characteristics. Although uncertainties in the current ionosphere density modeling strongly affect the performance of the system the peak power density of the EDT appears be greater than conventional power systems.
International
No
Congress
AAS/AIAA 19th Space Flight Mechanics Meeting
960
Place
Savanna
Reviewers
Si
ISBN/ISSN
Start Date
08/02/2009
End Date
12/02/2009
From page
2197
To page
2206
SPACEFLIGHT MECHANICS 2009, VOL 134, PTS I-III Book Series: Advances in the Astronautical Sciences,Vol. 134.
Participants

Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Grupo de Investigación en Fusión Inercial y Física de Plasmas
  • Departamento: Física Aplicada a la Ingeniería Aeronáutica