Control of the Rendezvous of Two Spacecraft Using a Tether System


The rendezvous of two spacecraft (passive and active) using a tether system is studied. Two laws of the tether control are proposed to ensure the safe rendezvous of bodies. A minimum allowable thrust of the active spacecraft and the parameters of the tether control laws are defined, under which the rendezvous is implemented safe. Based on the results of numerical simulation, the ability to control the tether using the proposed laws is showed.

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This work was supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, contract no. 9.549.2014/K.

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Correspondence to R. S. Pikalov.

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Russian Text © The Author(s), 2020, published in Izvestiya Vysshikh Uchebnykh Zavedenii, Aviatsionnaya Tekhnika, 2020, No. 1, pp. 156–160.

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Aslanov, V.S., Pikalov, R.S. & Gunchin, E.R. Control of the Rendezvous of Two Spacecraft Using a Tether System. Russ. Aeronaut. 63, 171–175 (2020).

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  • space tether system
  • rendezvous of spacecraft
  • space debris
  • control