Soft docking with damping of two spacecraft using a tether

Aslanov V.S.
Pikalov R.S.
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Journal of Physics: Conference Series
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The paper focuses on the dynamics of a rendezvous of a chaser and a large space debris connected by a viscoelastic tether. It is assumed that constant thrust acts on the chaser and a control is realized by changing the length of the tether. The goal is to find the control law that provides a soft docking of two bodies on an orbit. Also, we considered a three-body system with an additional damping device. The results are expected to be applied for controlling a rendezvous of two bodies using a tether.