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High energy small body missions using solar sail propulsion

McInnes, C.R. and Hughes, G.W. and Macdonald, M. (2006) High energy small body missions using solar sail propulsion. In: Proceedings of the 56th International Astronautical Congress. Curran Associates. ISBN 9781604236484

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Abstract

A range of mission concepts will be discussed which explore the use of solar sail propulsion for high-energy small body missions. It will be shown that a modest sized solar sail can enable high energy small body sample return from extremely demanding targets, while a larger solar sail can quickly deliver a significant payload to high eccentricity comets. Lastly, it will be shown that potentially hazardous near Earth asteroids can be deflected using kinetic energy impacts by using a solar sail to deliver the impactor to a high-energy retrograde orbit.

Item type: Book Section
ID code: 6271
Keywords: solar sails, propulsion, mechanical engineering, control systems, guidance systems, Mechanical engineering and machinery, Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Subjects: Technology > Mechanical engineering and machinery
Technology > Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Department: Faculty of Engineering > Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2008
Last modified: 04 Oct 2012 16:09
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/6271

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