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There are potentially many forms of oscillation, all of which would require some form of damping. Any offset from straight is a higher energy state, and the system won't die down without some damping. There is however already a natural form of damping. The extension and contracting of the tether will damp some of that energy. Its worth noting that that won't ...


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I'm interpreting this question as "Did adjustments have to be made to the shuttle Digital Autopilot (DAP) while it was controlling the mated stack (shuttle + ISS) - i.e. was a maneuver tried, the results of the trial evaluated, and the DAP settings changed based on the results of the trial during the same shuttle mission?" If that interpretation is correct, ...


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To give a recent reference: According to this paper quoted below, a set of 4 GPS receivers connected to indepenent antennas can be used to determine attitude and: "To the authors’ knowledge, GAP also represents the first practical demonstration of dual-frequency-based attitude determination in space.[...] attitude solutions with 0.1–0.3° precision can be ...


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