Nonlinear Dynamics

, Volume 77, Issue 4, pp 1077–1099 | Cite as

Dynamical modelling and control of space tethers: a review of space tether research

  • Yi Chen
  • Rui Huang
  • Liping He
  • Xianlin Ren
  • Bin Zheng


The literature review manuscript focuses mainly on five topics, which are related to the space tether control researches: (1) space tether dynamical modelling; (2) tether deployment and retrieval; (3) trajectory generation and control; (4) tether attitude and motion control; (5) tether vibration control and dynamical simulations. With the basic aim of establishing useful sources of fundamental researches in the literature, and high-lighting the previous control methods developed, this paper attempts to provide a contextualised source of references for the further space tether dynamics and control studies.


Dynamics Control Non-linear Space tether  Tethered system 



The authors would like to acknowledge the partial supports provided by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51105061, 61179059, 51305068 and 51275077), the Scientific Research Foundation for the Returned Overseas Chinese Scholars, State Education Ministry (No. 201294001) and the Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme (ORSAS) awarded by the University of Glasgow and the scholarship awarded by the Faculty of Engineering, University of Glasgow. Also, the authors would like to acknowledge two anonymous reviewers with their valuable comments for this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Engineering and Built EnvironmentGlasgow Caledonian UniversityGlasgowUK
  2. 2.School of Automation EngineeringUniversity of Electronic Science and Technology of ChinaChengduChina
  3. 3.School of Mechanical, Electronic and Industrial EngineeringUniversity of Electronic Science and Technology of ChinaChengduChina
  4. 4.Chongqing Institute of Green and Intelligent TechnologyChinese Academy of SciencesChongqingChina

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