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Heliogyro Solar Sail Research at NASAThe recent successful flight of the JAXA IKAROS solar sail has renewed interest within NASA in spinning solar sail concepts for high-performance solar sailing. The heliogyro solar sail, in particular, is being re-examined as a potential game-changing architecture for future solar sailing missions. In this paper, we present an overview of ongoing heliogyro technology development and feasibility assessment activities within NASA. In particular, a small-scale heliogyro solar sail technology demonstration concept will be described. We will also discuss ongoing analytical and experimental heliogyro structural dynamics and controls investigations and provide an outline of future heliogyro development work directed toward enabling a low cost heliogyro technology demonstration mission ca. 2020.
Document ID
20130014933
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Wilkie, W. Keats (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Warren, Jerry E. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Guerrant, Daniel V. (Colorado Univ. Boulder, CO, United States)
Lawrence, Dale A. (Colorado Univ. Boulder, CO, United States)
Gibbs, S. Chad (Duke Univ. Durham, NC, United States)
Dowell, Earl H. (Duke Univ. Durham, NC, United States)
Heaton, Andrew F. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Heaton, Andrew F. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Juang, Jer-Nan (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Horta, Lucas G. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Lyle, Karen H. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Littell, Justin D. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Bryant, Robert G. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Thomson, Mark W. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Walkemeyer, Phillip E. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
December 30, 2013
Publication Date
June 11, 2013
Subject Category
Spacecraft Propulsion and Power
Report/Patent Number
NF1676L-16171
Meeting Information
International Symposium on Solar Sailing(Glasgow)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 920121.01.07.01
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.

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