Oscillations of a satelliteprobe tethered with an inextensible cable in an inhomogeneous atmosphere
Abstract
The oscillations of a lowmass satellite tethered to an orbital station by a long inextensible cable are considered which arise under the effect of aerodynamic drag and the tightening of the cable in an atmosphere of variable density. For a given satellite drag coefficient, the oscillation period is determined by the atmospheric density at the flight altitude of the orbital station, while the amplitude difference and the semiperiod difference in the case of upward and downward deviations from the relativeequilibrium position are characterized by the atmospheric density gradient. Ways to use the satellite as a probe are considered.
 Publication:

Prikladnaia Matematika i Mekhanika
 Pub Date:
 August 1988
 Bibcode:
 1988PriMM..52..567S
 Keywords:

 Atmospheric Density;
 Oscillations;
 Sondes;
 Tethered Satellites;
 Aerodynamic Drag;
 Drag Coefficients;
 Equations Of Motion;
 Flight Altitude;
 Mathematical Models;
 Space Stations;
 Astrodynamics