Abstract - This paper proposes novel tether-connected two-dimensional structures with a size of several hundred square kilometers for low earth orbits. The attitude of these structures is gravitationally stabilized with respect to an earth-oriented reference frame. A stable shape is obtained by utilizing environmental forces such as differential air drag or electrodynamic forces which stiffen the system. Configurations which differ in geometry and in the number of connecting tethers are presented in the paper. The static stability of each configuration is analyzed as a function of design and orbital parameters. A brief discussion of the applications of such tethered systems is provided at the end of the paper.

Novel Tether-Connected Two-Dimensional Structures for Low Earth Orbits

LORENZINI, ENRICO
1988

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Abstract - This paper proposes novel tether-connected two-dimensional structures with a size of several hundred square kilometers for low earth orbits. The attitude of these structures is gravitationally stabilized with respect to an earth-oriented reference frame. A stable shape is obtained by utilizing environmental forces such as differential air drag or electrodynamic forces which stiffen the system. Configurations which differ in geometry and in the number of connecting tethers are presented in the paper. The static stability of each configuration is analyzed as a function of design and orbital parameters. A brief discussion of the applications of such tethered systems is provided at the end of the paper.
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