Attitude control of spinning solar sails based on modal analysis

Yuki Takao, Shota Kikuchi, Osamu Mori, Jun’ichiro Kawaguchi

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Attitude dynamics and control of spinning solar sails are investigated considering the flexibility of sail membranes. Attitude maneuver of solar sails is, in many cases, performed using thrusters. In most studies, the attitude motion is analyzed assuming that the spacecraft is a rigid disk. However, the sail membrane deforms during attitude maneuver due to flexibility. This may cause coupled vibration between the spacecraft main body and sail membrane. This study presents an analysis model of spinning solar sail attitude dynamics considering sail deformation, based on modal analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2018
EditorsPuneet Singla, Ryan M. Weisman, Belinda G. Marchand, Brandon A. Jones
PublisherUnivelt Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780877036579
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2018 - Snowbird, United States
Duration: 2018 Aug 192018 Aug 23

Publication series

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


ConferenceAAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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