Tether cutting maneuver in swing-by trajectory

Tsubasa Yamasaki, Mai Bando, Shinji Hokamoto

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The swing-by maneuver is known as a method to change the velocity of a spacecraft by using the gravity force of the celestial body. The powered swing-by has been studied to enhance the velocity change during the swing-by maneuver. This paper studies another way of the powered swing-by using tether cutting, which does not require additional propellant consumption, and shows that the proposed powered swing-by can increase the effect of the swing-by as same as using impulsive thrust. Moreover, it is discussed whether the system has possibility to realize both the powered swing-by of a mother satellite and the planetary capture of a subsatellite simultaneously.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-220
Number of pages9
JournalActa Astronautica
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering


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