Distributed reflectivity solar sails for extended mission applications

Borggräfe, A., Heiligers, J., Ceriotti, M. and McInnes, C. R. (2014) Distributed reflectivity solar sails for extended mission applications. In: Macdonald, M. (ed.) Advances in Solar Sailing. Series: Springer Praxis Books: Astronautical Engineering. Springer in association with Praxis Publishing, pp. 331-350. ISBN 9783642349065 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-34907-2_22)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-34907-2_22


The dynamics of solar sails with a variable surface reflectivity distribution are investigated. When changing the reflectivity across the sail film, solar radiation pressure forces and torques can be controlled without changing the attitude of the spacecraft relative to the Sun or using attitude control actuators. The reflectivity can in principle be modified using electro-chromic coatings, which are applied here as examples to counteract gravity-gradient torques in Earth orbit and to enable specific shape profiles of a flexible sail film. This ‘optical reconfiguration’ method introduces an adaptive solar sail as a multi-functional platform for novel mission applications.

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 Borggrafe, Mr Andreas and McInnes, Professor Colin
Authors: Borggräfe, A., Heiligers, J., Ceriotti, M., and McInnes, C. R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Autonomous Systems and Connectivity
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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