Tethered Aerobraking Design for Repeatable Maneuvers
A propellantless maneuver that decreases the orbital energy of a satellite in orbit around the Earth has the potential benefits of reducing system mass and increasing longevity. Among other applications, space debris elimination using a momentum exchange tethered system requires reducing the spacecraft energy to avoid a sequential rise in its orbit. This work considers the attitude control of a tethered satellite that uses multiple fly-throughs to decrease the semi-major axis. The attitude control offsets the angular impulse from drag and is achieved via tether reeling to maintain the propellantless ...
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Umbert Amat, Lluis