Attitude control of spinning solar sail with huge membrane

Fuminori Hanaoka, Osamu Mori, Yuichi Tsuda, Ryu Funase, Jun'ichiro Kawaguchi

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This paper describes the attitude dynamics and the control method of a spinning solar sail spacecraft. The solar sail considered here has no structure supporting membrane, therefore estimation of the effect of membrane flexibility is one of the problems to solve for the future validation flight. In this study, we established a dynamic model including membrane vibration to handle a coupled motion of a rigid spacecraft and a flexible membrane, and focus on the consideration of attitude control method. The result is confirmed with numerical simulation by use of Multi Particle Model(MPM).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpace Flight Mechanics 2008 - Advances in the Astronautical Sciences, Proceedings of the AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
Volume130 PART 2
ISSN (Print)0065-3438

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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