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Impulse Redirection of a Tethered Projectile

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Hossein Faraji, Stephanie Veile, Samantha Hemleben, Pavel Zaytsev, Joel Wright, Hans Luchsinger, Ross L. Hatton

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Paper No. DSCC2015-9708, pp. V003T43A002; 10 pages
  • ASME 2015 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
  • Volume 3: Multiagent Network Systems; Natural Gas and Heat Exchangers; Path Planning and Motion Control; Powertrain Systems; Rehab Robotics; Robot Manipulators; Rollover Prevention (AVS); Sensors and Actuators; Time Delay Systems; Tracking Control Systems; Uncertain Systems and Robustness; Unmanned, Ground and Surface Robotics; Vehicle Dynamics Control; Vibration and Control of Smart Structures/Mech Systems; Vibration Issues in Mechanical Systems
  • Columbus, Ohio, USA, October 28–30, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5726-7
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


The momentum of a projectile in free flight can be redirected by using a tether to create a “virtual wall” against which it bounces. The direction of this bounce can be controlled actively through braking modulation, or passively through placement of the tether anchor and the orientation of the projectile at impact. In this paper, we explore the space of motions achievable through the latter two methods. In particular, we consider the ways in which holding the tether away from center of mass at different angles can contribute to changes in speed and direction of motion after the bounce.

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