Development of thin film solar array for small solar power demonstrator "IKAROS"

Koji Tanaka, E. Soma, R. Yokota, K. Shimazaki, Y. Tsuda, J. Kawaguchi

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

3 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

IKAROS (Interplanetary Kite-craft Accelerated by Radiation Of the Sun) that was a demonstrator of the critical technologies of the solar power sail was launched on May 2010 from Tanegashima Space Center using H-IIA rocket. The solar power sail utilizes two kinds of forces; one by solar photon from sun and another from high performance ion engine. Minimum mission success was the deployment of the membrane and the generation of the electricity by means of the thin film solar array on the membrane within several weeks. Also, acceleration and navigation using the solar sail will be demonstrated within half year. This paper describes the structure, the space environmental evaluation of the thin film solar array and the initial results of the solar array installed on the IKAROS in the orbit.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication61st International Astronautical Congress 2010, IAC 2010
Pages9685-9689
Number of pages5
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
Volume12

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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