Deployment dynamics of AEOLDOS: an aerodynamic end of life deOrbit system for CubeSats

Harkness, P. , McRobb, M. , Milligan, R. and Clark, C. (2014) Deployment dynamics of AEOLDOS: an aerodynamic end of life deOrbit system for CubeSats. In: AIAA Space 2014 Conference, San Diego, CA, USA, 4-7 Aug 2014, (doi:10.2514/6.2014-4340)

Harkness, P. , McRobb, M. , Milligan, R. and Clark, C. (2014) Deployment dynamics of AEOLDOS: an aerodynamic end of life deOrbit system for CubeSats. In: AIAA Space 2014 Conference, San Diego, CA, USA, 4-7 Aug 2014, (doi:10.2514/6.2014-4340)

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Abstract

A deployment system for a CubeSat-compatible aerobrake is set out. The dynamic behavior of tape-springs wound a round a central hub is described and some of the developmental challenges in developing such a system, such as managing the rotation of the spool to prevent blooming, are discussed. The deployment rates of several systems are presented and the overall concept is shown to achieve deployment of a 1m<sup>2</sup> drag sail for a mass of 372g and vertical dimension of around 0.4U. Finally, developments required to most fully realize some alternative applications. such as antenna structures and solar sailing, are considered.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McRobb, Dr Malcolm and Harkness, Dr Patrick
Authors: Harkness, P., McRobb, M., Milligan, R., and Clark, C.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy

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