Modeling and on-orbit performance evaluation of propellant-free attitude control system for spinning solar sail via optical parameter switching

Ryu Funase, Yuya Mimasu, Yoshikazu Chishiki, Yoji Shirasawa, Yuichi Tsuda, Takanao Saiki, Jun'ichiro Kawaguchi

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Abstract

A fuel-free attitude control system for a spinning solar sail which utilizes solar radiation pressure was developed. This system consists of thin-film devices attached to the sail that electrically control their optical parameters such as reflectivity, and the attitude control torque is generated by switching their optical parameters synchronizing with spin motion. Attitude control torque model for a sail of arbitrary shape and deformation was derived. The control system was implemented for Japanese interplanetary solar sail demonstration spacecraft IKAROS and the on-orbit attitude control performance was evaluated.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASTRODYNAMICS 2011 - Advances in the Astronautical Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference
Pages1737-1754
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event2011 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, ASTRODYNAMICS 2011 - Girdwood, AK, United States
Duration: 2011 Jul 312011 Aug 4

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
Volume142
ISSN (Print)0065-3438

Conference

Conference2011 AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, ASTRODYNAMICS 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityGirdwood, AK
Period11/7/3111/8/4

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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