Dynamics of Tethered Satellite Systems


  • Vladimir Aslanov
  • Alexander Ledkov, Samara State Aerospace University, Russia

Aimed at engineering students and professionals working in the field of mechanics of space flight, this book examines space tether systems - one of the most forward-thinking directions of modern astronautics. The main advantage of this technology is the simplicity, profitability and ecological compatibility: space tethers allow the execution of various manoeuvers in orbit without costs of jet fuel due to the use of gravitational and electromagnetic fields of the Earth. This book will acquaint the reader with the modern state of the space tether’s dynamics, with specific attention on the research projects of the nearest decades. This book presents the most effective mathematical models and the methods used for the analysis and prediction of space tether systems’ motion; attention is also given to the influence of the tether on spacecraft’s motion, to emergencies and chaotic modes.
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Engineering students and professionals working in the field of mechanics of space flight


Book information

  • Published: October 2012
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-0-85709-156-7

Table of Contents

Space tether systems: Review of the problem; Mathematical models of space tether systems; Motion of a spacecraft with a tethered payload; Delivery of a payload from an orbit by means of a space tether; Use of methods of chaotic dynamics for the analysis of tether system motion.