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Ground demonstration of a solar sail attitude control actuator

Adeli, SN, Theodorou, T and Lappas, VJ (2010) Ground demonstration of a solar sail attitude control actuator AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference.

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Recently there has been renewed interest in solar sails as an alternative means of space propulsion. Many different attitude control systems have been designed for Solar Sails taking advantage of the centre-of-mass(cm)/centre-of- pressure(cp) offset. Most of these proposed systems are at best theoretical and have not been demonstrated. In this paper we build upon a previous proposed scalable bus-based attitude control system for solar sails, which utilised a trim control mass actuator to change the centre of mass and highly reective panels to create a windmill torque, achieving 3-axis control. As part of testing the proposed system, we have built and demonstrated a trim control mass actuation mechanism for solar sails, taking advantage of an air-bearing table to achieve a virtually frictionless attitude test environment. This is the first known attempt at construction and demonstration of a solar sail attitude control system based on the change in the cm with respect to the cp. In this paper we seek to investigate the control algorithms involved and the obstacles concerned in building a trim control mass actuator for a solar sail. Copyright © 2010 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Adeli, SN
Lappas, VJ
Date : 1 December 2010
DOI : 10.2514/6.2010-8071
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 12:36
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 22:32

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