13 May 2016 Applications of a dynamic tethering system to enable the deep space cam jointed observation bot
Author Affiliations +
A device capable of creating tethers for use with spacecraft that are made from a diverse material palette could serve many functions. These functions include supporting applications such as data transfer, power generation, and resource collection. Applications that are currently being considered include use in a system for orientation, data transfer, and power delivery and use as part of a free-moving camera system which would be used in proximity to a spacecraft for capturing images and video for promotional and preforming diagnostic and “self-check” operations. Materials that have been considered for use in such a tethering device have different physical attributes in order to facilitate supporting the widest possible degree of applications for use in scientific, remote sensing, power generation, and electromagnetic applications methods for the parent spacecraft. Physical properties that have been considered include: rigidity, conductivity, heat dissipation, and opacity. The proposed dynamic tethering system would be driven by 3D printing technologies. This prospective application of 3D printing remains relatively unexplored. This provides great opportunities for knowledge expansion and the development of dynamic tethers for use capturing video footage and pictures, and for other scientific endeavors.
© (2016) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
Skye Leake, Thomas McGuire, Michael Parsons, Michael P. Hirsch, Jeremy Straub, "Applications of a dynamic tethering system to enable the deep space cam jointed observation bot", Proc. SPIE 9838, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications IX, 983810 (13 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2223459; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2223459


First results from the TOPSAT camera
Proceedings of SPIE (November 21 2017)
The PROBA-1 microsatellite
Proceedings of SPIE (October 15 2004)
NOAA's future GOES satellite program
Proceedings of SPIE (October 18 1996)
DubaiSat-2 mission overview
Proceedings of SPIE (November 19 2012)

Back to Top