NASA plans to lasso energy from Earth’s atmosphere with a tether as part of the first demonstration of a propellant-free space propulsion system, potentially leading to a revolutionary space transportation system. Scientists and engineers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., are experimenting with tethers as part of a continuing effort to dramatically reduce the cost of space transportation. Flight demonstration of the Propulsive Small Expendable Deployer System – called ProSEDS – is scheduled for August 2000. ProSEDS is one of the Future-X flight experiments selected recently by NASA to help mold the future of space transportation.
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