Methods for the orbit determination of tethered satellites in the project QPS

Yuji Sakamoto, Kazuhiko Yotsumoto, Kazunori Sameshima, Masanori Nishio, Tetsuo Yasaka

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Abstract

The method of the orbit determination of a tethered satellite is introduced, and the plan using an electric wave interferometer is shown. Kyushu University is developing the tethered satellite QTEX. The motion of a tethered satellite is different from that of a general satellite, and it is difficult that a conventional ground station would determine the orbit automatically. On the other hand, Kagoshima University has an electric wave interferometer. It consists of two parabola antennas located at intervals of about 60 meters. It is planned that the time lag of electric wave arrivals which can be observed by the interferometer is used for the orbit determination of the tethered satellite QTEX.

Original languageEnglish
Pages3157-3164
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Astronautical Federation - 56th International Astronautical Congress 2005 - Fukuoka, Japan
Duration: 2005 Oct 172005 Oct 21

Other

OtherInternational Astronautical Federation - 56th International Astronautical Congress 2005
CountryJapan
CityFukuoka
Period05/10/1705/10/21

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Aerospace Engineering

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