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H2-Reversal Trajectory: a New Mission Application for High-Performance Solar Sails

Mengali, Giovanni and Quarta, Alessandro and Romagnoli, Daniele and Circi , Christian (2010) H2-Reversal Trajectory: a New Mission Application for High-Performance Solar Sails.

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The aim of this paper is to quantify the performance of a flat solar sail to perform a double angular momentum reversal manoeuver and produce a new class of two-dimensional non-Keplerian orbits. The problem is addressed in an optimal formulation and using a parametric approach. Two main difficulties must be properly taken into account. On one side the sail must perform a rapid reorientation maneuver when it approaches the Sun. It is shown by simulation that this assumption is reasonable. In second place the corresponding trajectories require high performance solar sails, that is, sails with a characteristic acceleration greater than 3mm=s2. Such a value, although well beyond the currently available sail performance, is comparable (or even lower) to that required by the original H-reversal maneuvers.

Document Type:Proceedings
Title:H2-Reversal Trajectory: a New Mission Application for High-Performance Solar Sails
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Mengali, GiovanniUniversity of Pisa (Italy)
Quarta, AlessandroUniversity of Pisa (Italy)
Romagnoli, DanieleDLR Institute of Space Systems
Circi , ChristianUniversity of Rome "La Sapienza"
Date:July 2010
Kezerashvili, RomanUNSPECIFIED
Keywords:Solar sail, attitude control, trajectory optimization, mission analysis
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Entfaltungstechnologie . Solar Sail (old)
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Regelungs- und Datensysteme
Deposited By: Daniele Romagnoli
Deposited On:18 Oct 2010 09:18
Last Modified:18 Oct 2010 09:18

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