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Structural engineering on deployable CFRP booms for a solar propelled sailcraft

Sickinger, Christoph and Herbeck, Lars and Breitbach, Elmar (2006) Structural engineering on deployable CFRP booms for a solar propelled sailcraft. Acta Astronautica (58), pp. 185-196.

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The article addresses engineering activities on a key item of innovative solar sail propulsion technologies: lightweight deployable booms to enfold huge membrane structures in space. Design and analysis aspects are covered beside the description of several verification tasks on engineering models including a successful ground demonstration under simulated zero-g conditions of a solar sail breadboard model, which was funded bei ESA and DLR in a common effort. Based on lessons learned proposals for design improvements are made in preparation for a future solar sail flight mission. In a first step towards this goal the deployment technology will be demonstrated in Earth orbit. The DLR Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems is involved in the ESA-DLR follow-up project by the provision of the deployable booms made of Carbon-Fibre Reinforced Polymers (CFRP) and extremely thin sail segments. Kayser Threde GmbH, Germany has been commissioned as system responsible for the implementation of this project.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/50102/
Document Type:Article
Title:Structural engineering on deployable CFRP booms for a solar propelled sailcraft
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Journal or Publication Title:Acta Astronautica
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 185-196
Keywords:Solar Sail, Support Structure, Deployable Boom, Gossamer
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W - no assignment
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - no assignment (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems > Composite Technology
Deposited By: Sickinger, Christoph
Deposited On:23 Jul 2007
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 14:07

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