Experiments coming up on the International Space Station (ISS) early next month may someday lead to multi-spacecraft constellations that maintain formation electromagnetically, and pass electric power among themselves across open space. The Department of Defense Spheres-Rings experiment reached the station in August on Japan’s H-II Transfer Vehicle, and underwent a successful checkout on Aug. 27. Essentially a pair of conducting coils designed to fit on two of the three Synchronized ...

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