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Gossamer sailcraft technology

Salamana, M. and McInnes, C.R. and Mulligan, P. (2001) Gossamer sailcraft technology. In: Gossamer Spacecraft: Membrane and Inflatable Structures Technology for Space Applications. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. ISBN 1-56347-777-7

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Abstract

With increased pressure to reduce costs associated with design, fabrication, and launch of space structures, there has been a resurgence in interest for membrane structures for extraterrestrial use. Applications for membrane and inflatable structures in space include lunar and planetary habitats, radio frequency reflectors and wave guides, optical and infrared imaging, solar concentrators for solar power and propulsion, sun shades, solar sails, and may others. This chapet concentrates on solar sails development.