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LI Aijun, LI Jingchen, WANG Changqing, DONG Zhe. Study on Flexible Tether Critical Length at Equilibrium State[J]. Journal of Space Science, 2016, 36(3): 373-379. doi: 10.11728/cjss2016.03.373
Citation: LI Aijun, LI Jingchen, WANG Changqing, DONG Zhe. Study on Flexible Tether Critical Length at Equilibrium State[J]. Journal of Space Science, 2016, 36(3): 373-379. doi: 10.11728/cjss2016.03.373

Study on Flexible Tether Critical Length at Equilibrium State

doi: 10.11728/cjss2016.03.373
  • Received Date: 2015-03-20
  • Rev Recd Date: 2015-11-08
  • Publish Date: 2016-05-15
  • In order to determine flexible tether critical length at equilibrium,based on orbital motion of tether system,the tether equilibrium equations are established considering the atmospheric drag,tether extensibility and tether mass.Then,the load stress distribution is analyzed,and load equilibrium equations are established for determining the needed initial condition of tether equilibrium equations.Furthermore,the condition that tether length reaches critical value and the computing method of tether critical length are both given.Finally,different tether critical lengths are respectively calculated under three conditions including different load masses,tether diameters and load ballistic coefficients.Three different critical length equations are given by fitting.The impacts on critical length are analyzed under these three different conditions.


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