Interplanetary mission design for spinning solar sails utilizing active shape control of sail membranes

Yuki Takao, Osamu Mori, Jun’Ichiro Kawaguchi

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Performance of solar sails largely depends on their attitude motion. Thrust vector of a solar sail is determined by its relative attitude to the Sun. Meanwhile, there exist some requirements on its attitude, for example, to secure enough solar power and ground communication. Therefore, conventional solar sail missions have strong constraints on attitude motion. This is because conventional solar sails assume flat sail membranes to avoid some unexpected deformation. This assumption leads to the fact that the geometry of the spacecraft is limited within two dimensions. This paper introduces a mission design scheme for spinning solar sails by actively controlling the shape of the sail membranes. The active shape control extends solar sails to three-dimensional structures, and hence the two-dimensional constraints can be removed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpace Flight Mechanics Meeting
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624105333
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventSpace Flight Mechanics Meeting, 2018 - Kissimmee, United States
Duration: 2018 Jan 82018 Jan 12

Publication series

NameSpace Flight Mechanics Meeting, 2018


ConferenceSpace Flight Mechanics Meeting, 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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