TY - JOUR AU - Aslanov, V. S. AU - Ledkov, A. S. PY - 2012 DA - 2012// TI - Chaotic oscillations of spacecraft with an elastic radially oriented tether JO - Cosmic Research SP - 188 EP - 198 VL - 50 IS - 2 AB - A mechanical system consisting of a spacecraft with weightless elastic tether and load is considered in the paper. The spacecraft motion under the action of tensile force of a radially oriented tether is investigated. It is shown that elastic tether oscillations can result in appearance of chaotic modes of spacecraft motion. By means of the Melnikov method a condition is obtained, allowing one to determine the measure of damping sufficient for prevention of these chaotic modes. The influence of system’s mass-geometric and elastic characteristics on the form of phase portrait and on the value of periodic disturbance, caused by oscillations of the elastic vertical tether, is studied. SN - 1608-3075 UR - http://dx.doi.org/10.1134/S0010952512020013 DO - 10.1134/S0010952512020013 ID - Aslanov2012 ER -