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Brane Craft
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Author and Affiliation:
Janson, Siegfried(Aerospace Corp., El Segundo, CA, United States)
Abstract: A Brane Craft is a membrane spacecraft with solar cells, command and control electronics, communications systems, antennas, propulsion systems, attitude and proximity sensors, and shape control actuators as thin film structures manufactured on 10 micron thick plastic sheets. This revolutionary spacecraft design can have a thickness of tens of microns with a surface area of square meters to maximize area-to-mass ratios for exceptionally low-mass spacecraft. Communications satellites, solar power satellites, solar electric propulsion stages, and solar sails can benefit from Brane Craft design. It also enables new missions that require low-mass spacecraft with exceptionally high delta-V. Active removal of orbital debris from Earth orbit is the target application for this study.
Publication Date: Jan 31, 2017
Document ID:
20170002796
(Acquired Apr 13, 2017)
Subject Category: SPACECRAFT PROPULSION AND POWER; SPACECRAFT DESIGN, TESTING AND PERFORMANCE
Report/Patent Number: HQ-E-DAA-TN39100
Coverage: Final Report; 1 May 2016 - 31 Jan. 2017
Document Type: Technical Report
Financial Sponsor: NASA; Washington, DC, United States
Organization Source: NASA; Washington, DC, United States
Description: 69p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Distribution under U.S. Government purpose rights
NASA Terms: COMMUNICATION SATELLITES; SOLAR ELECTRIC PROPULSION; SPACECRAFT DESIGN; PROPULSION SYSTEM CONFIGURATIONS; SOLAR POWER SATELLITES; SOLAR SAILS; COMMAND AND CONTROL; SOLAR CELLS; MEMBRANES; THIN FILMS
Other Descriptors: SOLAR CELLS; SENSORS; PROPULSION; THRUSTERS
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