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TiPS

Tether Physics and Survivability Experiment

Technical Features

  • Jettisoned from host vehicle after primary mission completion
  • Fully deployed payload of two separate bodies connected by 4 km (2.5 mile) tether
  • Norton mounted closest to host vehicle has no electronics
  • Ralph contains electronics, tether deployer, and instrumentation

Objectives

  • Enhanced understanding of "libration," the pendulum-like motion of endmasses about system center of mass
  • Collect data on tether's susceptibility to damage by space debris
  • Successfully deployed by satellite in 1996, still operational 1999

Tips animation QT

TiPs Tether
Tips Tether


TiPs in Orbit
Tips in Orbit Configuration

TiPS Pre-deployment
Tips Pre-deployment Configuration

TiPS Deployment Config
Tips Pre-deployment Configuration

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