Structural dynamics of a spin-stabilized, mast-free solar sail design

Thierry Botter, Victoria Coverstone, Rodney L. Burton

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Abstract

The time-varying motion of a spin-stabilized, mast-free solar sail design has been investigated. Governing equations for the dynamical motion of the sails were derived. Three specific cases were studied: the pitch-only steady-state and transient responses of an ideal sail, the steady-state shape of a Sun-facing sail along with the time-dependent motion in sweep-back deflection, and the transient spin-up deflection of a sail due to a controlled pitch maneuvers at the tip. The equations were applied to Ultrasail, an ultra-lightweight solar sail design, to model transient motion of its blades. Results from numerous simulations using the Ultrasail baseline design are also presented in this paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpaceflight Mechanics 2006 - Proceedings of the AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechnaics Meeting
Pages1935-1954
Number of pages20
Volume124 II
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventSpaceflight Mechanics 2006 - AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechnaics Meeting - Tampa, FL, United States
Duration: Jan 22 2006Jan 26 2006

Other

OtherSpaceflight Mechanics 2006 - AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechnaics Meeting
CountryUnited States
CityTampa, FL
Period1/22/061/26/06

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ice ridge
dynamic structural analysis
Structural dynamics
deflection
Facings
sails
Transient analysis
Sun
transient response
maneuvers
blades
sun
simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Botter, T., Coverstone, V., & Burton, R. L. (2006). Structural dynamics of a spin-stabilized, mast-free solar sail design. In Spaceflight Mechanics 2006 - Proceedings of the AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechnaics Meeting (Vol. 124 II, pp. 1935-1954)

Structural dynamics of a spin-stabilized, mast-free solar sail design. / Botter, Thierry; Coverstone, Victoria; Burton, Rodney L.

Spaceflight Mechanics 2006 - Proceedings of the AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechnaics Meeting. Vol. 124 II 2006. p. 1935-1954.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Botter, T, Coverstone, V & Burton, RL 2006, Structural dynamics of a spin-stabilized, mast-free solar sail design. in Spaceflight Mechanics 2006 - Proceedings of the AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechnaics Meeting. vol. 124 II, pp. 1935-1954, Spaceflight Mechanics 2006 - AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechnaics Meeting, Tampa, FL, United States, 1/22/06.
Botter T, Coverstone V, Burton RL. Structural dynamics of a spin-stabilized, mast-free solar sail design. In Spaceflight Mechanics 2006 - Proceedings of the AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechnaics Meeting. Vol. 124 II. 2006. p. 1935-1954
Botter, Thierry ; Coverstone, Victoria ; Burton, Rodney L. / Structural dynamics of a spin-stabilized, mast-free solar sail design. Spaceflight Mechanics 2006 - Proceedings of the AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechnaics Meeting. Vol. 124 II 2006. pp. 1935-1954
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