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Anybody know the name of this mission?

  1. May 2, 2003 #1

    enigma

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    Hi all,

    I'm trying to find information on this one mission (NASA AFAIK)...

    They deployed a satellite which had two long wires extended in opposite directions.

    The wires acted as a conducting path for charged particles in the Van-Allen belts and their motion generated electricity in the satellite main body.

    I remember hearing about it, but I don't know if the mission was launched, was successful, ITS NAME, etc.

    Any information would be grately appreciated.
     
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  3. May 2, 2003 #2

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  4. May 2, 2003 #3

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    Is that the shuttle mission where they played with a yo-yo? I think they did it twice - the first time it didn't work because the cable jammed. So they sent it up again and the second time it deployed but didn't do much of interest.

    I think both missions happened within the past 2 years.

    edit: too late...
     
  5. May 2, 2003 #4

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    Thanks all!
     
  6. May 2, 2003 #5

    marcus

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    one more thing (no thanks required!)
    the scheme or something like it was originally
    thought up by Hannes Alfven.

    http://www.tmgnow.com/repository/cosmology/alfven.html


    Hannes Alfven (1908-1995) Swedish physicist who
    won Nobel in 1970, proposed electric power generation using the electric and magnetic fields in space way back, maybe as early as the 1970s, possibly even earlier. He did creative work in many fields

    Just to indicate the kind of man----around 1960 he
    predicted the large filamentary structure of the
    universe---the sort of cob-webby pattern of clusters of
    galaxies---that
    was discovered 30 years later
     
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