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

Thierry Botter, Victoria L. 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
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

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
Volume124 II
ISSN (Print)0065-3438

Other

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

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Botter, T., Coverstone, V. L., & 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 (pp. 1935-1954). (Advances in the Astronautical Sciences; Vol. 124 II).