Abstract Various promising applications of electrodynamic tether have been proposed for space missions over the past decades. A crucial issue of these missions is to deploy an electrodynamic tether under a rapid and stable state. This paper aims to stabilize the libration motions of a bare electrodynamic tether during its three-dimensional deployment. The tethered system under consideration consists of a main-satellite and a sub-satellite connected to each other through a bare electrodynamic tether. A widely used dumbbell assumption considering the tether as rigid and inflexible is adopted to facilitate the dynamic modeling and analysis of the tethered system. A pair of active control laws is synthesized by simultaneously regulating the electric current and tether tension to achieve an efficient stabilization of the three-dimensional libration of the bare electrodynamic tether in the deployment process. Moreover, comparisons of three groups of numerical simulations are performed to evaluate the in uences of orbital inclinations and geomagnetic field models and the performance of the active control laws.
Astrodynamics – Springer Journals
Published: Sep 1, 2018