The characteristics and feasibility of a 'tilting crane' concept for tethered systems which involves the transfer of payloads between different LEOs are discussed. The transfer of a payload attached to one of the end bodies is performed via an overturn of the system. In the method, the in-plane libration motion is excited, with appropriate changes in tether length. The concept is demonstrated with the example of a reusable system for moving payloads between a space station orbit and a lower orbit with an apogee of about 250 km.
3rd International Conference on Tethers in Space - Toward Flight
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- Payload Transfer;
- Transfer Orbits;
- Technology Assessment;