NASA Funds ‘Thor’s Hammer’ Idea for Tossing Satellites

Jeremy Hsu, InnovationNewsDaily Senior Writer
Date: 17 September 2012 Time: 03:08 PM ET

Humans can only dream of having the power of Thor, the Norse-inspired superhero who can whirl and throw his hammer at blinding speeds. A NASA-funded plan envisions rockets using a similar idea to hurl tiny satellites toward other planets.

The “NanoTHOR” project aims to connect small satellites with upper rocket stages by using miles-long tethers, so that the rocket stages can spin the satellites around like Thor’s hammer. NASA awarded the idea $100,000 from its Innovative Advanced Concepts program to begin running computer simulations and figure out a hardware design.

Read more: NASA Funds ‘Thor’s Hammer’ Idea for Tossing Satellites | NanoTHOR Tethered Unlimited | Space.com

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