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특허 상세정보

Balloon device for lowering space object orbits

국가/구분 United States(US) Patent 등록
국제특허분류(IPC7판) B64G-001/62   
미국특허분류(USC) 244/160; 244/110.D; 244/158.R
출원번호 US-0394477 (2003-03-21)
발명자 / 주소
출원인 / 주소
대리인 / 주소
    Morrison & Foerster LLP
인용정보 피인용 횟수 : 29  인용 특허 : 21
초록

An apparatus for lowering an orbit of a space object includes an envelope, an inflation system for inflating the envelope, an inflation control system for controlling the inflation system, and attachment hardware for connecting the apparatus and the space object. Inflating the envelope increases an effective drag area of the envelope for increasing atmospheric drag on the envelope.

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청구항

1. An apparatus for lowering an orbit of a space object, comprising:an envelope;a spatial-separation element for providing a complete spatial separation between the envelope and the space object;an inflation system for inflating the envelope;an inflation control system for controlling the inflation system; andattachment hardware for connecting the apparatus and the space object, whereininflating the envelope increases an effective drag area of the envelope for increasing atmospheric drag on the envelope. 2. An apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the ...

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