Estimation of solar radiation pressure parameters for solar sail demonstrator ikaros considering attitude dynamics

Yuya Mimasu, Jozef C. Van Der Ha, Tomohiro Yamaguchi, Ryu Funase, Yuichi Tsuda, Osamu Mori, Jun'ichiro Kawaguchi

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Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has developed the small demonstration solar sail spacecraft IKAROS (Interplanetary Kite-craft Accelerated by Radiation of the Sun), which will be launched in mid 2010. The main objective of this spacecraft is to deploy the 20m class sail membrane, and demonstrate the acceleration of a spacecraft by the solar radiation pressure (SRP) by means of that sail. It is important to model the SRP force adequately for the objective of navigation, especially for interplanetary spacecraft. In order to improve the model of the SRP torque induced by the sail membrane, the IKAROS project team plans to estimate the SRP torque parameters in orbit. In this paper, we present the approach to obtain the parameters needed for constructing the photon torque model through the analysis of the attitude dynamics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpaceflight Mechanics 2010 - Advances in the Astronautical Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventAAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 2010 Feb 142010 Feb 17

Publication series

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


ConferenceAAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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