Optical solar sail degradation modelling

Bernd Dachwald, Giovanni Mengali, Alessandro A. Quarta, Malcolm Macdonald, Colin R. McInnes

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We propose a simple parametric OSSD model that describes the variation of the sail film's optical coefficients with time, depending on the sail film's environmental history, i.e., the radiation dose. The primary intention of our model is not to describe the exact behavior of specific film-coating combinations in the real space environment, but to provide a more general parametric framework for describing the general optical degradation behavior of solar sails.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2007
Event1st International Symposium on Solar Sailing (ISSS 2007) - Herrsching, Germany
Duration: 27 Jun 200729 Jun 2007


Conference1st International Symposium on Solar Sailing (ISSS 2007)
CityHerrsching, Germany


  • solar sails
  • spacecraft
  • space
  • aerodynamics
  • modelling

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