History of the tether concept and tether missions: a review

Yi Chen, Rui Huang, Xianlin Ren, Liping He, Ye He

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This paper introduces history of space tethers, including tether concepts and tether missions, and attempts to provide a source of references for historical understanding of space tethers. Several concepts of space tethers since the original concept has been conceived are listed in the literature, as well as a summary of interesting applications, and a research of space tethers is given. With the aim of implementing scientific experiments in aerospace, several space tether missions which have been delivered for aerospace application are introduced in the literature.
Original languageEnglish
Article number502973
Number of pages7
JournalISRN Astronomy and Astrophysics
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • tether concept
  • space tethers
  • aerospace


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