Coulomb tethering is an attractive option for controlling the relative motion of two or more spacecraft in space. As it is a developing technology, little research has been done into the feasibility of a control scheme involving a Coulomb Tether. The goal of this project was to construct several simulations and build an experimental setup for future research into controlling these forces. Theory was refined and analysis was performed to build the simulation. Results for one-dimensional, two and three-craft formulations were derived. Further, the experimental setup was designed and construction on it was begun.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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