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Refined Solar Sail Force Model with Mission Application

Mengali, Giovanni and Quarta, Alessandro and Circi, Christian and Dachwald, Bernd (2007) Refined Solar Sail Force Model with Mission Application. Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 30 (2), pp. 512-520. DOI: 10.2514/1.24779

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to propose a refined mathematical model for describing the acceleration experienced by a solar sail. Unlike the conventional model characterized by constant coefficients, the force coefficients of the sail are now assumed to depend on the light incidence angle, the sail surface roughness, and the sun–sail distance. The new model is elaborated with the support of experimental data that show how the main variable affecting the force coefficients is the light incidence angle. To emphasize the differences between the refined force model with respect to the conventional one, a comparison is established through the analysis of a circle-to-circle interplanetary rendezvous problem between coplanar orbits. The problem is solved using an indirect approach and the optimal steering law is approximated in polynomial form. A number of optimal trajectories toward Mars and Venus are simulated and the results obtained are discussed as a function of the dimensionless sail loading parameter and the sail surface roughness.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/47780/
Document Type:Article
Title:Refined Solar Sail Force Model with Mission Application
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Mengali, GiovanniUniversity of PisaUNSPECIFIED
Quarta, AlessandroUniversity of PisaUNSPECIFIED
Circi, ChristianScuola di Ingegneria AerospazialeUNSPECIFIED
Dachwald, BerndUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:March 2007
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:30
DOI :10.2514/1.24779
Page Range:pp. 512-520
Editors:
EditorsEmail
AIAA, UNSPECIFIED
Status:Published
Keywords:Solar Sail, Optical Model
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W RP - Raumtransport
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W RP - Raumtransport
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - no assignment (old)
Location: Köln-Porz , Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Materials Physics in Space > Institute of Space Simulation
Space Operations and Astronaut Training > GSOC-German Space Operations Center
Deposited By: Dachwald, Dr.-Ing. Bernd
Deposited On:10 Apr 2007
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 13:37

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