publication . Other literature type . 2002

A Small-Satellite Demonstrator for Generating Artificial Gravity in Space via a Tethered System

Mazzoleni, Andre; Hoffman, John;
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  • Published: 13 Aug 2002
  • Publisher: DigitalCommons@USU
  • Country: United States
Abstract
It is well-known that prolonged exposure in humans to a microgravity environment leads to significant loss of bone and muscle mass; this presents a formidable obstacle to human exploration of space, particularly for missions requiring travel times of several months or more, such as a 6 to 9mon th trip to Mars. Artificial gravity may be produced by spinning a spacecraft about its center of mass, but since the g– force generated by rotation is equal to “omega-squared times r” (where omega is its angular velocity and r is the distance from the center of rotation), we have that unless the distance from the center of rotation is several kilometers, the rotation rate ...
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arXiv: Physics::Space Physics
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