Frozen orbits for scientific missions using rotating tethers

Urrutxua, Hodei and Peláez Álvarez, Jesús and Lara, M. (2012). Frozen orbits for scientific missions using rotating tethers. In: "22nd AAS/AIAA Spaceflight Mechanics Meeting", 29/01/2012 - 02/02/2012, Charleston, South Carolina, USA. ISBN 978-0-87703-581-7. pp. 2475-2490.

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Title: Frozen orbits for scientific missions using rotating tethers
Author/s:
  • Urrutxua, Hodei
  • Peláez Álvarez, Jesús
  • Lara, M.
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: 22nd AAS/AIAA Spaceflight Mechanics Meeting
Event Dates: 29/01/2012 - 02/02/2012
Event Location: Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Title of Book: Advances in the astronautical sciences
Date: 2012
ISBN: 978-0-87703-581-7
Volume: 143
Subjects:
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Aeronáuticos (UPM)
Department: Física Aplicada a la Ingeniería Aeronáutica [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

We derive a semi-analytic formulation that permits to study the long-term dynamics of fast-rotating inert tethers around planetary satellites. Since space tethers are extensive bodies they generate non-keplerian gravitational forces which depend solely on their mass geometry and attitude, that can be exploited for controlling science orbits. We conclude that rotating tethers modify the geometry of frozen orbits, allowing for lower eccentricity frozen orbits for a wide range of orbital inclination, where the length of the tether becomes a new parameter that the mission analyst may use to shape frozen orbits to tighter operational constraints.

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Item ID: 22799
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/22799/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:22799
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 12 Jun 2014 16:58
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2016 20:27
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