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Elegantly simple orbital transfer vehicle
Author(s): James W. Benson
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Paper Abstract

There appears to be exponential growth in the number of micro-satellites being built, but because of the high cost of launch services, few of these micro-satellites are being launched. The only practical avenue open to get these smaller payloads launched is as secondary payloads. As is often the case with hitchhikers, they have a desired destination, but are usually dropped off short of that destination. SpaceDev is developing a family of small and inexpensive micro-kick motors, with a varying degree of capabilities, to help facilitate these small payloads getting to a satisfactory destination. The technology used is safe, simple and scalable.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 November 2000
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4136, Small Payloads in Space, (7 November 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.406651
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James W. Benson, SpaceDev, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4136:
Small Payloads in Space
Brian J. Horais; Robert J. Twiggs, Editor(s)

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