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Record 18 of 30813
Solar Sail Control Actuator Concepts
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Author and Affiliation:
Mangus, David(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Heaton, Andy(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, United States)
Abstract: The thrust produced by a solar sail is a direct function of its attitude. Thus, solar sail thrust vector control is a key technology that must be developed for sailcraft to become a viable form of deep-space transportation. The solar sail community has been studying various sail Attitude Control System (ACS) actuator designs for near Earth orbit as well as deep space missions. These actuators include vanes, spreader bars, two-axis gimbals, floating/locking gimbals with wheels, and translating masses. This paper documents the various concepts and performs an assessment at the highest level. This paper will only compare the various ACS actuator concepts as they stand at the publication time. This is not an endorsement of any particular concept. As concepts mature, the assessments will change.
Publication Date: Sep 05, 2004
Document ID:
20040161557
(Acquired Nov 19, 2004)
Subject Category: SPACECRAFT PROPULSION AND POWER
Document Type: Preprint
Meeting Information: Solar Sail Technology and Applications Conference; 28-29 Sep. 2004; Greenbelt, MD; United States
Financial Sponsor: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Huntsville, AL, United States
Organization Source: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; Huntsville, AL, United States
Description: 5p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
NASA Terms: SOLAR SAILS; THRUST VECTOR CONTROL; ACTUATORS; SATELLITE ATTITUDE CONTROL; VANES; GIMBALS; PULSED PLASMA THRUSTERS
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