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Mercury Orbiter with a Solar Sail Spacecraft

Leipold, M. and Borg, E. and Lingner, S. and Pabsch, A. and Sachs, A. (1995) Mercury Orbiter with a Solar Sail Spacecraft. Acta Astronautica, Suppl., pp. 635-644. Pergamon, Great Britain.

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Abstract

A mission to Mercury is discussed, where a solar sail spacecraft with a total mass of about 500 kg delivers a scientific payload of approximately 50 kg to an orbit about Mercury. As knowledge of this planet is very limited, a Mercury orbiter mission is proposed by scientists since many years. The solar-sail, a deployable light- weight structure, is used for spiraling to Earth escape, for interplanetary transfer, and orbit capture upon Mercury arrival, while flight times of moderate length are still possible. This strategy aows very low Earth departure and Mercury arrival energies, and can significantly reduce the total mass to be delivered by the Earth-based launch system in comparison to conventional missions using chemical propulsion. Therefore, a low-cost launchoption may be considered. Moreover, a sun-synchrounous orbit about Mercury can be accomplished with the sail, bearing considerable advantages for the spacecraft's thermal environment and suitable conditions for remote sensing. Solar sails are promising future low-cost transportation systems and may also be used across a wide range of other planetary missions.

Document Type:Article
Additional Information: LIDO-Berichtsjahr=1995, note=RSS 211,
Title:Mercury Orbiter with a Solar Sail Spacecraft
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Leipold, M.UNSPECIFIED
Borg, E.UNSPECIFIED
Lingner, S.UNSPECIFIED
Pabsch, A.UNSPECIFIED
Sachs, A.UNSPECIFIED
Date:1995
Journal or Publication Title:Acta Astronautica
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:Suppl.
Page Range:pp. 635-644
Publisher:Pergamon, Great Britain
Series Name:35
Status:Published
Keywords:Mercury Orbiter, Solar Sail
HGF - Research field:UNSPECIFIED
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research area:UNSPECIFIED
DLR - Program:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):UNSPECIFIED
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Institut für Planetenerkundung
Deposited By: elib DLR-Beauftragter
Deposited On:02 Apr 2006
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 09:48

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