Sponsor: NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC)
Collaborators: David Miller (MIT)
Current running through coils of superconducting wire generate magnetic forces that would allow for spacecraft structures to unfold or expand.
A cryogenic heat pipe passively creates a vapor space from liquid nitrogen that is required for high-temperature superconducting wire to maintain its superconducting properties.
The heat pipe needs to be flexible to satisfy the range of deployment methods that will be explored.