Gossamer roadmap technology reference study for a sub-L1 Space weather mission

McInnes, Colin and Bothmer, Volker and Dachwald, Bernd and Geppert, Ulrich R. M. E. and Heiligers, Jeannette and Hilgers, Alan and Johnson, Les and Macdonald, Malcolm and Reinhard, Ruedeger and Seboldt, Wolfgang and Spietz, Peter; Macdonald, Malcolm, ed. (2014) Gossamer roadmap technology reference study for a sub-L1 Space weather mission. In: Advances in Solar Sailing. Springer Praxis Books: Astronautical Engineering, 1 . Springer Berlin Heidelberg, GBR, pp. 227-242. ISBN 978-3-642-34906-5

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Abstract

A technology reference study for a displaced Lagrange point space weather mission is presented. The mission builds on previous concepts, but adopts a strong micro-spacecraft philosophy to deliver a low mass platform and payload which can be accommodated on the DLR/ESA Gossamer-3 technology demonstration mission. A direct escape from Geostationary Transfer Orbit is assumed with the sail deployed after the escape burn. The use of a miniaturized, low mass platform and payload then allows the Gossamer-3 solar sail to potentially double the warning time of space weather events. The mission profile and mass budgets will be presented to achieve these ambitious goals.