National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Broomsat

BROOMSat illustration in space

BROOMSat

Mission Details

  • Concept that can remove multiple Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) and National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) spacecraft from Polar orbit
  • Pushes derelict spacecraft with a beam of ions, eliminating the need for capturing, grabbing, or despinning
  • Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) Vehicle pushes spacecraft to 2500 km disposal orbit