International Applied Mechanics

, Volume 51, Issue 6, pp 670–681 | Cite as

Method of Deployment of a Tethered Space System Along the Local Vertical

  • A. E. ZakrzhevskiiEmail author

Two bodies coupled by an elastic weightless tether in space are considered. A fundamentally new approach to solving the problem of the deployment of a tethered space system along the local vertical in a circular orbit is formulated and theoretically substantiated. This approach is based on the change-of-angular-momentum theorem. It allows programming a tether length control law that purposefully changes the angular momentum of the tether under the gravitational moment until the deployed tether is aligned with the local vertical. The deployment of a specific tether is considered as an example to demonstrate the simplicity of the approach and the way of verification of the mathematical model


flexible space tether new method of deployment model verification numerical simulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.S. P. Timoshenko Institute of MechanicsNational Academy of Sciences of UkraineKyivUkraine

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