Differential Gravitional Forces on Large Space Structuresby R. B. Malla, Univ of Connecticut, United States,
W. A. Nash, Univ of Connecticut, United States,
T. J. Lardner, Univ of Connecticut, United States,
Abstract: Effects of the differential gravitational forces have been investigated simultaneously on the orbital motion, attitude motion, and axial deformation of a very large axially flexible space structure executing planar pitch motion. Also, included in the present study are the effects of total mass of the space system and attractive forces among concentrated masses present in the structure. It is observed that these parameters do not have appreciable effects on the structure's orbital motion, attitude motion, and axial length (deformation).
Subject Headings: Motion (dynamics) | Space structures | Orbits | Deformation (mechanics) | Space frames | Parameters (statistics)
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