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Space Environmental Effects Testing and Characterization of the Candidate Solar Sail Material Aluminized MylarThe usage of solar sails as a propellantless propulsion system has been proposed for many years. The technical challenges associated with solar sails are fabrication of ultralightweight films, deploying the sails and controlling the spacecraft. Integral to all these challenges is the mechanical property integrity of the sail while exposed to the harsh environment of space. This paper describes testing and characterization of a candidate solar sail material, Aluminized Mylar. This material was exposed to a simulated Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) and evaluated by measuring thermooptical and mechanical property changes. Testing procedures and results are presented.
Document ID
20010039532
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Edwards, D. L. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Hubbs, W. S. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Wertz, G. E. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Alstatt, R. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Munafo, Paul
Date Acquired
August 20, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2001
Subject Category
Space Processing
Meeting Information
12th Annual Advanced Space Propulsion Workshop(Huntsville, AL)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.