Title

Simulation of the Dynamics of a Short Tethered Satellite System

Abstract

This study investigates the dynamics of a short tethered satellite system composed of two satellites joined by a ten-meter tether. Despite the many studies in the literature regarding tethered satellites and their dynamics, none that specifically concern “short” tethers have been located to date. Equations of motion are derived and numerically integrated to produce the tether tension, system attitude, orbit, and libration characteristics. Techniques have been implemented which add corrections to the integrated states and help reduce longterm simulation errors. Also considered are the effects of perturbations due to the Earth's geopotential, solar and lunar gravity, aerodynamic drag and solar radiation pressure.

Department(s)

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Sponsor(s)

University of Missouri--Rolla. Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Short Tethers; System Attitude

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Tethered satellites

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2004 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), All rights reserved.


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