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Effects of a Time Varying Moment on a Large Tethered Satellite in Circular or Elliptical Orbit

Version 1 : Received: 2 May 2019 / Approved: 29 May 2019 / Online: 29 May 2019 (11:48:08 CEST)

How to cite: Iyer, N. Effects of a Time Varying Moment on a Large Tethered Satellite in Circular or Elliptical Orbit. Preprints 2019, 2019050351 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201905.0351.v1). Iyer, N. Effects of a Time Varying Moment on a Large Tethered Satellite in Circular or Elliptical Orbit. Preprints 2019, 2019050351 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201905.0351.v1).

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effect of a varying moment on the rotation angle of a large tethered satellite that is orbiting a planet. Two different types of orbits were investigated: a simple circular orbit and an elliptical orbit. Cases with zero and non-zero initial angular rotation velocity were investigated as well. This investigation will assist satellite docking missions. The large rigid tethered satellite is a futuristic concept, and this investigation is meant to assist possible docking missions to the satellite. To simplify the problem, the rotation is constrained to the orbital plane.

Subject Areas

Time varying moment; tethered satellite; elliptical orbit; flight management

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