Monthly Archives: April 2022

Payload fraction derivation for vehicle with split delta-V (case #2)

Consider a vehicle carrying a payload that undertakes a first , then drops off that payload and undertakes a second in the same overall vehicle configuration (tanks, engines, payload handling, etc.). It carries the propellant for both maneuvers, but only … Continue reading

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GEO Orbital Debris Mitigation Paper Excerpts

Back in 2006, I helped a high-school student (Daniel Rodrigues) who was interested in momentum-exchange tethers to write a paper for a high-school class about a concept for a tether that would remove spent geosynchronous satellites from their orbits quickly, … Continue reading

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