Nonlinear oscillations of space tethers

E. M. Levin*

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Nonlinear oscillations of a tether system of two satellites connected with a long thin flexible tether (cable, wire) are considered. The nonlinear ordinary differential equation of Galerkin's formulation is integrated and the phase picture of motion is presented. A rather accurate analytical approximation for the amplitude-frequency relation is suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-408
Number of pages4
JournalActa Astronautica
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1994
Externally publishedYes


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