13 May 2016 Applications of a dynamic tethering system to enable the deep space cam jointed observation bot
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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.
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Skye Leake, Skye Leake, Thomas McGuire, Thomas McGuire, Michael Parsons, Michael Parsons, Michael P. Hirsch, Michael P. Hirsch, Jeremy Straub, 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
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