In this paper, we discuss the motion of a tethered system. In general, a tether is a cable or wire rope, and a tethered system consists of a tether and attached equipment. A tethered subsatellite in space is an example of this system. We consider the tethered system consisting of a very flexible body (the tether) and rigid bodies at one end as our analytical model. A flexible body in planer motion is described using the Absolute Nodal Coordinate Formulation. Using this method, the motion of a flexible body with large deformation, rotation and translation can be expressed with the accuracy of rigid body motion. The combination of flexible body motion and rigid body motion is performed and the interaction between them is discussed. We also performed experiments to investigate the fundamental motion of the tethered system and to evaluate the validity of the numerical formulation. The first experiments were conducted using a steel tether and rubber tether in gravity space. We also conducted experiment of the motion of the tethered system with a rigid body in microgravity space. The numerical solutions using the proposed methods for the modeling and formulation for the tethered system are in good agreement with the experimental results.

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