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Impact of Optical Degradation on Solar Sail Mission Performance

Dachwald, Bernd and Macdonald, Malcolm and McInnes, Colin and Mengali, Giovanni and Quarta, Alessandro (2007) Impact of Optical Degradation on Solar Sail Mission Performance. Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 44 (4), pp. 740-749. DOI: 10.2514/1.21432

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The optical properties of the thin metalized polymer films that are projected for solar sails are likely to be affected by the damaging effects of the space environment, but their real degradation behavior is to a great extent unknown. The standard solar sail force models that are currently used for solar sail mission analysis and design do not take these effects into account. In this paper we use a parametric model for describing the sail film’s optical degradation with its environmental history to estimate the impact of different degradation behaviors on solar sail mission performance for some example interplanetary missions: the Mercury rendezvous missions, fast missions to Neptune and to the heliopause, and artificial Lagrange-point missions.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/51433/
Document Type:Article
Title:Impact of Optical Degradation on Solar Sail Mission Performance
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Macdonald, MalcolmUniversity of GlasgowUNSPECIFIED
McInnes, ColinUniversity of StrathclydeUNSPECIFIED
Mengali, GiovanniUniversity of PisaUNSPECIFIED
Quarta, AlessandroUniversity of PisaUNSPECIFIED
Date:July 2007
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.2514/1.21432
Page Range:pp. 740-749
Keywords:Solar Sail, Optical Degradation, Mission Analysis
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: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > GSOC-German Space Operations Center
Deposited By: Dachwald, Dr.-Ing. Bernd
Deposited On:26 Sep 2007
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 14:23

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