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Qualification Testing of the Gossamer-1 Deployment Technology

Seefeldt, Patric and Spröwitz, Tom (2016) Qualification Testing of the Gossamer-1 Deployment Technology. 14th European Conference on Spacecraft Structures, Materials and Environmental Testing, 27-30 Sep 2016, Toulouse, France.

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Abstract

Gossamer structures for innovative space applications, such as solar sails, require a technology that allows their controlled and thereby safe deployment. Before employing such technology for a dedicated science mission, it is necessary, to demonstrate its reliability with a Technology Readiness Level of six or higher. The aim of the presented work is to provide a reliable technology that enables the controlled deployment and verification of its functionality with various laboratory tests to qualify the hardware for a first demonstration in low Earth orbit. The development was made in the Gossamer-1 project of the German Aerospace Center. This presentation provides an overview of the Gossamer-1 hardware development. The design is based on a crossed boom configuration with triangular sail segments. Employing engineering models, all aspects of the deployment were tested under ambient environment. Several components were also subjected to environmental qualification testing. An innovative stowing and deployment strategy for a controlled deployment and the required mechanisms are described. The tests conducted provide insight into the deployment process and allow a mechanical characterization of this process, in particular the measurement of the deployment forces. Deployment on system level could partially be demonstrated to be robust and controllable. The deployment technology is on Technology Readiness Level four approaching level five, with an engineering qualification model (EQM) for environmental testing currently being tested.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/106394/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Qualification Testing of the Gossamer-1 Deployment Technology
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Seefeldt, Patricpatric.seefeldt (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Spröwitz, TomTom.Sproewitz (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5369-6919
Date:2016
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:Gossamer-1, solar sailing
Event Title:14th European Conference on Spacecraft Structures, Materials and Environmental Testing
Event Location:Toulouse, France
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:27-30 Sep 2016
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Entfaltungstechnologie . Solar Sail (old)
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Mechanic and Thermal Systems
Deposited By: Sznajder, Dr.-Ing. Maciej
Deposited On:05 Oct 2016 15:04
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:03

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