A discrete finitedimensional dynamical model was built to describe the space large overall motion of tethered satellite system with an infinitedimensional viscoelastic tether in a long time. The tethered satellite system is a complex nolinear dynamic system. Considering the tether’s viscoelasticity, distributed mass and space form, the established improved bead model can meticulously describe the tether’s vertical and horizontal vibration. According to tether’s characteristic of tensile and not compressive, the slack tether unit model was set up to accurately reflect real stress of tether. The determination of the number of degreesoffreedom of the system was studied. Based on numerical integral calculation, the dynamic response was obtained via numerical simulation of the deployment, retrievement and retainment process of tethered satellite system in a long time. The result is convergent. The simulation proves the important role of the stable equilibrium position in the dynamics of tethered space system.