NASA backs magnetic braking system for satellites

Image: Magnetoshell aerocapture concept

Magnetoshell aerocapture could help ease interplanetary spacecraft into orbit. (Credit: MSNW)

NASA says it’ll provide resources for a University of Washington research team that’s working on a concept to put small satellites in orbit around other worlds using magnetic interactions.

The concept, known as magnetoshell aerocapture, is one of nine university-led technology development projects winning NASA’s backing under the Smallsat Technology Partnerships initiative. The nationwide program is managed by NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley.

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