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Tether technology satellite
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LIPS American tether technology satellite. Research satellite for Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), USA. Launched 1980-1987.

SEDS Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, USA. Built tether technology satellite. Technology satellite operated by NASA, USA. Launched 1993 - 1994.

PMG American tether technology satellite. Plasma Motor Generator Technology satellite operated by NASA, USA. Launched 1993.

TSS The Italian Tethered Satellite System was mounted in the shuttle payload bay and consisted of a 1.6-m-diameter satellite, a conducting tether, and a tether deployment/retrieval system. The system would reel out a satellite on a 22-km long tether. After a failed attempt to deploy it in 1992, there was an inadvertent launch on the second attempt in 1996 when the tether broke. Tethered, retrievable satellite satellite operated by ISA, NASA, Italy. Launched 1992 - 1996.

TiPS American tether technology satellite. The 53 kg satellite consisted of 2 end masses connected by a 4 km tether. NRO (the National Reconnaissance Office) provided funding for the TiPS project. Tether technology satellite for Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), USA. Launched 1996.

YES European tether technology satellite. Young Engineers Satellite sponsored by the European Space Tech. ESA / ESTEC satellite built by Delta-Utec for ESA / ESTEC, Europe. Launched 1997.

STEX American tether technology satellite. STEX's (Space Technology EXperiments) main equipment was provided by the Naval Research Laboratory. Built by Lockheed Martin Astronautics (Denver) for NRO, USA. Launched 1998.

Picosat American tether technology satellite. Picosat 7/Picosat 8 were ejected from the Mightysat II.1 satellite. The 0.25 kg satellites were connected by a 30 m tether and were deployed a year after launch. Experimental satellite built by SSTL for USAF STP (Space Test Program), USA. Launched 2001. Used the Microsat-70 bus.

MEPSI American tether technology satellite. MEPSI (Micro-Electromechanical-based Picosat Satellite Inspection Experiment) consisted of two 1 kg boxes attached to each other by a 15-m tether. Experimental satellite built by Aerospace Corp. for DARPA, USA. Launched 2002 - 2006.

Fotino European tether technology satellite. Study 2005. European re-entry capsule experiment planned to be carried on Foton-M2, but not ready in time for launch. Technology, Reentry satellite for ESA / ESTEC, Europe.

Kukai Japanese tether technology satellite. Also named STARS, a Kagawa University picosatellite demonstrating a tethered space robot. It consisted of two tethered box-shaped packages, dubbed Ku and Kai.



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