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Satellite attitude control using a two dimensional asymmetricalcapacitor module




The NASA announcement is at

http://technology.nasa.gov/scripts/nls_ax.dll/twDispTOPSItem(111;TOP8-80;0;1)

The patent description is at

http://l2.espacenet.com/dips/bnsviewer?CY=ep&LG=en&DB=EPD&PN=US6317310&ID=US+++6317310B1+I+

And a replication of the experiment is described at

http://jnaudin.free.fr/html/2dacap.htm

The electrogravity effect of charged capacitors has been proposed by
Townsend Brown in the mid 1920's. The above NASA patent seems to validade
Townsend's experiments (which were very controversial at the time).

Can the two dimensional asymmetrical capacitor module be used for attitude
control of satellites as NASA states? The technology is not just elegant,
but rather amazingly simple.

73,

-- Edson, pu1jte, n1vtn, 7n4ncl


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