Simulation of the Dynamics of a Short Tethered Satellite System
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.
H. Pernicka et al., "Simulation of the Dynamics of a Short Tethered Satellite System," 2004 AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference and Exhibit, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Jan 2004.
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of Missouri--Rolla. Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Short Tethers; System Attitude; Tethered satellites
Article - Conference proceedings
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