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YU Ziyuan, LI Aijun, YANG Shu, WANG Changqing. Study on the Survivability of Space Tethers Due to Debris Collisionsormalsize[J]. Journal of Space Science, 2018, 38(4): 560-566. doi: 10.11728/cjss2018.04.560
Citation: YU Ziyuan, LI Aijun, YANG Shu, WANG Changqing. Study on the Survivability of Space Tethers Due to Debris Collisionsormalsize[J]. Journal of Space Science, 2018, 38(4): 560-566. doi: 10.11728/cjss2018.04.560

Study on the Survivability of Space Tethers Due to Debris Collisionsormalsize

doi: 10.11728/cjss2018.04.560
  • Received Date: 2017-05-23
  • Rev Recd Date: 2017-10-24
  • Publish Date: 2018-07-15
  • The structures and dimensional parameters of space tether significantly affect their survivability against space debris collisions in complex space environment. This work addresses the probability analysis for double tethers and tape tethers severed by debris based on tether-debris collision model and Poisson distribution. The influence of debris on the survivability of space tethers is also studied. A double tether is a pair of parallel strings connected at a certain distance, and tape tethers can be treated as a specific type of single tethers with rectangular cross-sections. The probability of single tethers severed by space debris is modeled, and the survivability functions for double tethers and tape tethers are also formulated. Moreover, the survivability of tethers with different structures and dimensional parameters is calculated based on a cumulative debris flux model. The results show that double tethers and tape tethers are of higher survivability compared with single tethers.

     

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