As satellites travel through space, it is known that electrostatic charges naturally accumulate on the space vehicle. Theoretically, these charges can be used, through the process of Coulomb tethering, to control the relative motion between spacecraft with very little additional power. The goal of this project was to build an experimental test set-up to simulate the forces involved in Coulomb tethering. The test set-up was designed, refined, and constructed to aid in future research. In addition, MATLAB simulations were built and run for two body problems to analyze with the experimental results.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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