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ISRN Astronomy and Astrophysics
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 502973, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/502973
Review Article

History of the Tether Concept and Tether Missions: A Review

1School of Mechanical, Electronic and Industrial Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 611731, China
2School of Engineering and Built Environment, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow G4 0BA, UK
3School of Automation Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 611731, China
4The State Key Laboratory of Mechanical Transmission, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044, China

Received 13 December 2012; Accepted 16 January 2013

Academic Editors: S. Koutchmy and W. W. Zeilinger

Copyright © 2013 Yi Chen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This paper introduces history of space tethers, including tether concepts and tether missions, and attempts to provide a source of references for historical understanding of space tethers. Several concepts of space tethers since the original concept has been conceived are listed in the literature, as well as a summary of interesting applications, and a research of space tethers is given. With the aim of implementing scientific experiments in aerospace, several space tether missions which have been delivered for aerospace application are introduced in the literature.