Stability of a Tethered Satellite Formation about the Likins-Pringle Equilibria
Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Steve G. Tragesser, PhD
The development of lightweight, large-aperture optics is of vital importance to the Department of Defense and the US Air Force for improving remote sensing capabilities. One way of constructing a large space structure is to use digitized, inflatable beams. This research presents the experimental vibration analysis of the ground testing for inflatable beams that will be used in an AFIT Space Shuttle rigidized inflatable beams experiment. The natural frequencies, damping ratios, and bending modes were identified for the beams. Various parameters were modified to determine what affects the vibration characteristics of the beams. The test results were compared to an Euler-Bernouli beam model using a its approximation.
DTIC Accession Number
Tuncay, Ayhan, "Stability of a Tethered Satellite Formation about the Likins-Pringle Equilibria" (2002). Theses and Dissertations. 4526.