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De-orbiting satellites in LEO using solar sails

Romagnoli, Daniele and Theil, Stephan (2012) De-orbiting satellites in LEO using solar sails. Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Sciences and Applications, IV (2), pp. 49-59. ISSN 2236-577X.

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Abstract

Solar sailing is one of the most promising propulsion technologies for future scientific space missions. Although many studies have been performed on solar sails performances and possible applications, successful deploy and use of solar sails in space has been possible only recently, due to the high technological skills and risks involved in developing, packaging and unfolding the sail’s booms and the membrane. Hence, the possibility of testing hardware solutions and implementations in space is a key point in order to successfully deploy and operate a solar sail mission in space. In this paper, the use of solar sails as devices to speed up the de-orbiting of LEO objects is considered and the advantage of such approach in the wider context of solar sail development and implementation is discussed.

Document Type:Article
Title:De-orbiting satellites in LEO using solar sails
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Romagnoli, DanieleDaniele.Romagnoli@dlr.de
Theil, StephanStephan.Theil@dlr.de
Date:2012
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Sciences and Applications
Refereed publication:Yes
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Volume:IV
Page Range:pp. 49-59
ISSN:2236-577X
Status:Published
Keywords:Solar Sail, Mission Design, De-Orbiting
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R - no assignement
DLR - Research theme (Project):R -- no assignement
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Regelungs- und Datensysteme
Deposited By: Dr.-Ing. Stephan Theil
Deposited On:03 Jul 2012 12:35
Last Modified:16 Jul 2013 03:02

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