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Gossamer-1: Mission concept and technology for a controlled deployment of gossamer spacecraft

Seefeldt, Patric and Spietz, Peter and Spröwitz, Tom and Grundmann, Jan Thimo and Hillebrandt, Martin and Hobbie, Catherin Fiona and Ruffer, Michael and Straubel, Marco and Toth, Norbert and Zander, Martin (2016) Gossamer-1: Mission concept and technology for a controlled deployment of gossamer spacecraft. Advances in Space Research (50), pp. 434-456. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.asr.2016.09.022. ISSN 0273-1177.

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Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S027311771630535X


Gossamer structures for innovative space applications, such as solar sails, require technology that allows their controlled and thereby safe deployment. Before employing such technology for a dedicated science mission, it is desirable, if not necessary, to demonstrate its reliability with a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of six or higher. The aim of the work presented here is to provide reliable technology that enables the controlled deployment and verification of its functionality with various laboratory tests, thereby qualifying the hardware for a first demonstration in low Earth orbit (LEO). The development was made in the Gossamer-1 project of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). This paper provides an overview of the Gossamer-1 mission and hardware development. The system is designed based on the requirements of a technology demonstration mission. The design rests 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, as well as the designs of the bus system, mechanisms and electronics are described. The tests conducted provide insights into the deployment process and allow a mechanical characterization of that deployment process, in particular the measurement of the deployment forces. Deployment on system level could be successfully demonstrated to be robust and controllable. The deployment technology is on TRL four approaching level five, with a qualification model for environmental testing currently being built.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/111077/
Document Type:Article
Additional Information:Das Paper beschreibt technische Entwicklungen die im Gossamer-1 Projektes durchgeführt wurden.
Title:Gossamer-1: Mission concept and technology for a controlled deployment of gossamer spacecraft
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Seefeldt, PatricUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-2067-9458UNSPECIFIED
Spröwitz, TomUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5369-6919UNSPECIFIED
Grundmann, Jan ThimoUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8809-0981UNSPECIFIED
Hillebrandt, MartinUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1248-9504UNSPECIFIED
Hobbie, Catherin FionaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3612-2785UNSPECIFIED
Ruffer, MichaelJulius-Maximilians-University WuerzburgUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Straubel, MarcoUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0009-0000-1998-292XUNSPECIFIED
Zander, MartinUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5972-2938UNSPECIFIED
Date:18 December 2016
Journal or Publication Title:Advances in Space Research
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 434-456
Keywords:Gossamer-1; Gossamer structures; Deployable structures; Solar sailing; Controlled deployment
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Huge Solar (old)
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems
Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems
Institute of Space Systems > Quality Management
Institute of Space Systems > Mechanic and Thermal Systems
Institute of Space Systems > Systems Enabling Technologies
Deposited By: Seefeldt, Patric
Deposited On:10 Feb 2017 12:42
Last Modified:03 Nov 2023 07:25

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