NASA works to find gains from lost satellite


  • Michael Carlowicz


NASA astronauts and scientists proved two concepts with the recent reflight of the Tethered Satellite System (TSS-1R). Unfortunately, they were only trying to prove one.

“We have demonstrated that you can generate a lot of electricity with a tether,” said mission specialist Jeff Hoffman in a February 26 news briefing from the space shuttle Columbia. “Unfortunately, we've also demonstrated that you can use tethers to launch a satellite into a much higher orbit.”