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Space Debris Removal using a Tether: A Model

Velez, Pedro and Atie, Tala and Alazard, Daniel and Cumer, Christelle Space Debris Removal using a Tether: A Model. (2017) In: IFAC World Congress 2017, 9 July 2017 - 14 July 2017 (Toulouse, France).

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ifacol.2017.08.1373

Abstract

Focused on the removal of space debris, this paper studies the modeling of a target satellite connected to a chaser satellite by a tether. All dynamic couplings between the flexible and rigid modes of the satellites are accounted for. The tether attached to both satellites is modeled as a massless spring when stretched and non-existent when compressed. The objective of this work is to model the behaviour of the three bodies: chaser, tether, and target in the orbital reference frame for arbitrary initial conditions of the target satellite. Simulations of the whole system including the chaser Attitude and Orbit Control System (AOCS) are performed to evaluate its ability to damp the debris tumbling motion and to tow the debris.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:vol. 50, n°1
HAL Id:hal-01738167
Audience (conference):International conference proceedings
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Office National d'Etudes et Recherches Aérospatiales - ONERA (FRANCE)
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Deposited By: Daniel Alazard
Deposited On:20 Mar 2018 10:44

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