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Hoytether is a trademarked name [1] for a novel topology for a space tether, consisting of a lattice of strands, arranged in a circular cross-section with redundancy to handle potential damage from space debris and micrometeoroids.[2]

The Hoytether concept was proposed in 1995 by Robert P. Hoyt and Robert L. Forward.[3][4]

The MAST tether experiment was launched 17 April 2007 aboard a Dnepr rocket. With a 1 km multistrand, interconnected Hoytether to attempt to test and prove the long-term survivability for tethers in space. Unfortunately the tether failed to deploy.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Tethers Unlimited Incorporated
  2. ^ The Hoytether: A Space-Survivable Tether Structure; www.tethers.com. Overview of the technology with picture.
  3. ^ Forward, R. L., Hoyt, R. P.,"Failsafe Multiline Hoytether Lifetimes", AIAA paper 95-289031st AIAA/SAE/ASME/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, San Diego, CA, USA, July 1995.
  4. ^ Forward, R. L., Hoyt, R. P., Uphoff, C. W., "The Terminator Tether(TM): A Low-Mass System for End-of-Life Deorbit of LEO Spacecraft"[contradiction]; www.tethers.com/papers/TTPaper.pdf[contradiction]. Tether Technical Interchange Meeting, Huntsville, AL [clarification needed], USA, Sept 10 1997[contradiction].

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