Large morphing spacecraft for flexible science missions

Andreas Borggrafe, Jeannette Heiligers, Matteo Ceriotti, Colin McInnes

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Abstract

Solar sail technology offers a new capability to enable fast, efficient and low cost science missions throughout the Solar system. Uniquely, solar sails exploit the flux of momentum transported by solar photons to generate a thrust force and thus do not rely on a propellant like conventional, chemical and electric thrusters. The mission duration is therefore only limited by the lifetime of the onboard subsystems and the integrity of the lightweight sail membrane. This makes a solar sail the ideal candidate for a wide range of space missions, including space weather forecasting and exploration of asteroids. However, the thrust from solar radiation pressure is limited to be always directed away from the Sun, and its magnitude follows an inverse square law with solar distance, making the sail less efficient at large distances from the Sun.
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2013
EventSET for Britain 2013 - Westminster, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Mar 201318 Mar 2013

Conference

ConferenceSET for Britain 2013
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityWestminster, London
Period18/03/1318/03/13

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Morphing
ice ridge
Spacecraft
Sun
spacecraft
Solar sails
Weather forecasting
Asteroids
Solar system
Propellants
Solar radiation
Momentum
Photons
thrust
Fluxes
Membranes
weather forecasting
asteroid
solar system
Costs

Keywords

  • solar sailing
  • sailcraft
  • platform
  • modelling and assessment
  • gossamer spacecraft
  • optical reconfiguration
  • phased array

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Borggrafe, A., Heiligers, J., Ceriotti, M., & McInnes, C. (2013). Large morphing spacecraft for flexible science missions. Poster session presented at SET for Britain 2013, Westminster, London, United Kingdom.
Borggrafe, Andreas ; Heiligers, Jeannette ; Ceriotti, Matteo ; McInnes, Colin. / Large morphing spacecraft for flexible science missions. Poster session presented at SET for Britain 2013, Westminster, London, United Kingdom.1 p.
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Large morphing spacecraft for flexible science missions. / Borggrafe, Andreas; Heiligers, Jeannette; Ceriotti, Matteo; McInnes, Colin.

2013. Poster session presented at SET for Britain 2013, Westminster, London, United Kingdom.

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