Attitude control of IKAROS solar sail spacecraft and its flight results

Ryu Funase, Osamu Mori, Yuichi Tsuda, Yoji Shirasawa, Takanao Saiki, Yuya Mimasu, Junichiro Kawaguchi

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Abstract

This paper introduces new attitude control system for solar sail which leverages solar radiation pressure and achieves completely fuel-free and oscillation-free attitude control of flexible spinning solar sail. Novel attitude control device was developed, which is a thin film-type device and can electrically control its optical parameters such as reflectivity to generate unbalance of the solar radiation pressure applied to the edge of the sail. By using this device, minute and continuous control torque can be applied to the sail so that very stable and fuel-free attitude control of large and flexible membrane is realized. The control system was implemented as an optional attitude control system for small solar power sail demonstrator IKAROS. On-orbit attitude control experiments were conducted and the performance of the controller was successfully verified compared with the ground-based analytical performance estimation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication61st International Astronautical Congress 2010, IAC 2010
Pages4720-4725
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event61st International Astronautical Congress 2010, IAC 2010 - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 2010 Sep 272010 Oct 1

Publication series

Name61st International Astronautical Congress 2010, IAC 2010
Volume6

Other

Other61st International Astronautical Congress 2010, IAC 2010
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic
CityPrague
Period10/9/2710/10/1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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