Space Durable Flexible Tether

Period of Performance: 01/01/2001 - 12/31/2001


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Triton Systems, Inc.
200 Turnpike Road Array
Chelmsford, MA 01824
Principal Investigator
Firm POC


On this Phase I Program, Triton Systems will develop a novel and innovative multifunctional, multi-strand space tether that will have lower weight, lower volume, and improved flexibility compared to state of the art electrodynamic tethers. Our innovative approach will use an available high strength metal clad fiber with proven space environment resistant coatings that provide tailorable surface emissivity and conductivity. The new tether can be woven or braided into a multi-strand tether. The Phase I effort will characterize different size fiber and weight % of metal cladding for candidate tethers, leading to a down-selected tether type. In late Phase I and early Phase II, developed tethers will be measured for diameter, weight, strength, flexibility, thermal-optical characteristics, conductivity and insulation properties. The Triton team will develop, with NASA testing, a Phase II Prototype tether, and Triton will then develop a Phase III commercial tether product.