Variable-geometry solar sailing: the possibilities of the quasi-rhombic pyramid

Ceriotti, M. , Harkness, P. and McRobb, M. (2014) Variable-geometry solar sailing: the possibilities of the quasi-rhombic pyramid. In: Macdonald, M. (ed.) Advances in Solar Sailing. Series: Springer Praxis Books: Astronautical Engineering. Springer in association with Praxis Publishing, pp. 899-919. ISBN 9783642349065 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-34907-2_54)

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Variable geometry solar sailing potentially offers enhanced delta-V capabilities and new orbital solutions. We propose a device with such capabilities, based upon an adjustable quasi-rhombic pyramid sail geometry, and examine the benefits that can be derived from this additional flexibility. The enabling technology for this concept is the bevel crux drive, which can maintain tension in the solar sail across a wide range of apex angles. This paper explores the concept of such a device, discussing both the capabilities of the architecture and the possibilities opened up in terms of orbital and attitude dynamics.

Item Type:Book Sections
Additional Information:3rd International Symposium on Solar Sailing, 11-13 Jun 2013, Glasgow, UK
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ceriotti, Dr Matteo and McRobb, Dr Malcolm and Harkness, Professor Patrick
Authors: Ceriotti, M., Harkness, P., and McRobb, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Publisher:Springer in association with Praxis Publishing
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 Springer
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