One kilometer (1 km) electric solar wind sail tether produced automatically
2013 (English)In: Review of Scientific Instruments, ISSN 0034-6748, E-ISSN 1089-7623, Vol. 84, no 9, 095102Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We produced a 1 km continuous piece of multifilament electric solar wind sail tether of μm-diameter aluminum wires using a custom made automatic tether factory. The tether comprising 90 704 bonds between 25 and 50 μm diameter wires is reeled onto a metal reel. The total mass of 1 km tether is 10 g. We reached a production rate of 70 m/24 h and a quality level of 1‰ loose bonds and 2‰ rebonded ones. We thus demonstrated that production of long electric solar wind sail tethers is possible and practical.
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2013. Vol. 84, no 9, 095102
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-212504DOI: 10.1063/1.4819795ISI: 000325402000053PubMedID: 24089861OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-212504DiVA: diva2:678128