Sailing with solar and planetary radiation pressure

De Iuliis, A., Ciampa, F., Felicetti, L. and Ceriotti, M. (2021) Sailing with solar and planetary radiation pressure. Advances in Space Research, 67(9), pp. 2795-2811. (doi: 10.1016/j.asr.2019.11.036)

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Literature on solar sailing has thus far mostly considered solar radiation pressure (SRP) as the only contribution to sail force. However, considering a sail in a planetary mission scenario, a new contribution can be added. Since the planet itself emits radiation, this generates a radial planetary radiation pressure (PRP) that is also exerted on the sail. Hence, this work studies the combined effects of both SRP and PRP on a sail for two case studies, i.e. Earth and Venus. In proximity of the Earth, the effect of PRP can be significant under specific conditions. Around Venus, instead, PRP is by far the dominating contribution. These combined effects have been studied for single- and double-sided reflective coating and including eclipse. Results show potential increase in the net acceleration and a change in the optimal attitude to maximise the acceleration in a given direction. Moreover, an increasing semi-major axis manoeuvre is shown with and without PRP, to quantify the difference on a real-case scenario.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Felicetti, Dr Leonard and De Iuliis, Ms Alessia and Ceriotti, Dr Matteo
Authors: De Iuliis, A., Ciampa, F., Felicetti, L., and Ceriotti, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Advances in Space Research
ISSN (Online):1879-1948
Published Online:05 December 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 COSPAR
First Published:First published in Advances in Space Research 67(9):2795-2811
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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