Gossamer sailcraft technology

M. Salamana, C.R. McInnes, P. Mulligan, Christopher H.M. Jenkins (Editor)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


With increased pressure to reduce costs associated with design, fabrication, and launch of space structures, there has been a resurgence in interest for membrane structures for extraterrestrial use. Applications for membrane and inflatable structures in space include lunar and planetary habitats, radio frequency reflectors and wave guides, optical and infrared imaging, solar concentrators for solar power and propulsion, sun shades, solar sails, and may others. This chapet concentrates on solar sails development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGossamer Spacecraft: Membrane and Inflatable Structures Technology for Space Applications
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • solar sails
  • space flight
  • sailcraft
  • propulsion systems
  • space
  • orbits


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