Pirouette launch and energy storage system

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A novel astronautical launch system based on a spinning twin-mass-tether concept is proposed. Because of its analogy to the pirouette maneuver of figure skaters, it is called a Pirouette Launch System. It relies on a conversion of rotational motion, accumulated through a low-power and long-term energy source, into a high-power axial motion. The low power would come from sources such as two solar batteries, solar sails, or a conventional rocket propulsion. The self-balanced twin-tether system may also be modified into a Pirouette Energy Storage System in the outer space.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)406-407
Number of pages2
JournalJBIS - Journal of the British Interplanetary Society
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2015


  • Energy storage
  • Spacecraft launch system
  • Tether system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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