Analytical mechanics of asteroid disassembly using the Orbital Siphon effect.

@article{Viale2018AnalyticalMO,
  title={Analytical mechanics of asteroid disassembly using the Orbital Siphon effect.},
  author={Andrea Viale and Colin R. McInnes and Matteo Ceriotti},
  journal={Proceedings. Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences},
  year={2018},
  volume={474 2220},
  pages={
          20180594
        }
}
A chain of tether-connected payload masses assembled from the surface material of a spherical rotating asteroid is envisaged as a means of delivering a fraction of the asteroid mass into orbit, without the need of external work to be done. Under conditions to be discussed, a net radial force is established on the chain which can be exploited to initialize an orbital siphon effect: new payloads are connected to the chain while top payloads are removed and released into orbit. Adopting… CONTINUE READING

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