My last three posts have been about a company called Tethers Unlimited and their technologies for space exploration and exploitation. Today's post will be a final look at exciting developments at Tethers Unlimited in the area of building structures in space.
My last blog talked about propulsion systems for CubeSats that used water as a propellant. These thrusters are a commercial product of a company called Tethers Unlimited. They have other products that are being marketed or being developed for space applications. One of these other products involves software defined radios for communication with and between satellites.
My last blog talked about space tethers. One of the pioneer companies researching space tethers is Tethers Unlimited. They have been around for over twenty years and for many of those years they subsisted on occasional grants. In the past few years, their focus has shifted away from space tethers and onto other space technologies that are more in demand.
Over ten years ago, I attended a conference where there was a presentation on tethers for moving things around in space. I was fascinated. We tend to think in terms of powerful rockets for our current space propulsion and maybe someday warp drives that can overcome the speed of light. But here were people talking about using long cables to move things around in space.