Space tether experiments studied in the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science(ISAS) are described. One is a l0km-tether experiment on a reusable space platform, Space Flyer Unit(SFU), to establish the technologies of space tether. It is also aimed to study plasma environment surrounding a spacecraft by a tethered plasma diagnostics. Another is a l00km-tether system deployed from a large satellite to be launched by our new rocket(M-V), to measure the geophysical parameters of the lower ionosphere by multiple-tethered subsatellites.
KeywordsGravity Gradient Space Shuttle Plasma Environment Lower Ionosphere Geophysical Parameter
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