Magnetically Attracted Fluid Transfer System
NRL in partnership with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have developed a new system where a refueling vehicle can be operated autonomously or remotely to fuel a vehicle with a magnetically coupled rapid-breakaway fuel transfer system. The system provides a self-aligning magnetic connection between the host system and a target system. The magnetic connection includes a transferrable puck that the host system manually or autonomously attaches to a target vehicle’s fuel receptacle. Enhancing the system with a controllable electromagnet, it can directly control when the puck is transferred or if a connection should be maintained during refueling. The magnetic connection differential allows the puck to connect to the target system, and in the case of a jolt to the system, the magnetic connection will be lost to the host system while the puck remains connected with the target.
Step Variation of Sandwich Module for Space Solar Power Satellite
Mitigation Concept of Low Earth Orbit
Physicist and Engineers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Plasma Physics Division and Naval Center for Space Technology have researched a technique to 'sweep' Low Earth Orbit (LEO) debris from space using an Active Debris Removal (ADR) system of deployed micron-scale dust.