Accession Number:

AD0644274

Title:

ON THE GRAVITATIONAL EXCITATION OF AN EXTENSIBLE DUMBBELL SATELLITE,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

AEROSPACE CORP EL SEGUNDO CALIF TECHNICAL OPERATIONS

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Report Date:

1966-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

32.0

Abstract:

The nonlinear differential equations which describe the extensional motion of a freely spinning and gravitationally stabilized spring-mass system in the plane of an orbit are presented, linearized, and solved analytically and on a digital computer. The linearization leads to the Mathieu equation for the spinning system and to a set of two degree-of-freedom coupled equations for the gravitationally stabilized case. The solutions for the undamped systems indicate stable periodic and almost periodic oscillations characterized by beats. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE