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Impact of optical degredation on solar sail mission performance

Macdonald, M. and McInnes, C.R. and Dachwald, Bernd (2007) Impact of optical degredation on solar sail mission performance. Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 44 (4). pp. 740-749. ISSN 0022-4650

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Abstract

The optical properties of the thin metalized polymer films that are projected for solar sails are likely to be affected by the damaging effects of the space environment, but their real degradation behavior is to a great extent unknown. The standard solar sail force models that are currently used for solar sail mission analysis and design do not take these effects into account. In this paper we use a parametric model to describe the sail film's optical degradation with its environmental history to estimate the impact of different degradation behaviors on solar sail mission performance for some example interplanetary missions: Mercury rendezvous missions, fast missions to Neptune and to the heliopause, and artificial Lagrange-point missions.

Item type: Article
ID code: 6510
Keywords: solar sails, spacecraft, space, rockets, propulsion systems, Mechanical engineering and machinery, Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics, Space and Planetary Science, Aerospace Engineering
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: 01 Aug 2008
    Last modified: 30 May 2014 14:59
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/6510

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