Journal of Astronautics ›› 2019, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (10): 1134-1145.doi: 10.3873/j.issn.1000-1328.2019.10.004

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Applications and Development of Space Tether in On Orbit Servicing

MENG Zhong jie, HUANG Pan feng, LU Ying bo, HU Yong xin   

  1. 1. Research Center for Intelligent Robotics, School of Astronautics, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi〖DK〗’an 710072, China; 2.National Key Laboratory of Aerospace Flight Dynamics, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710072, China
  • Received:2019-06-13 Revised:2019-06-24 Online:2019-10-15 Published:2019-10-25


Aiming at the problem of applications and development of space tether in space on-orbit servicing, a brief description of the traditional applications and experiments of space tether is made firstly. Then, the research progress of the space tethered robot and the tethered space net is reviewed, including the dynamics modeling, structural design, target measuring and approaching/grasping control, as well as dragging. Finally, the future research interests of space tether are discussed.

Key words: Space tether, On-orbit servicing, Tethered space robot, Tethered space net

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