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Deorbitsail: Flight-testing a deorbiting system

Lappas, VJ, Stohlman, OR, Visagie, L, Theodorou, T, Fernandez, JM and Prassinos, G (2013) Deorbitsail: Flight-testing a deorbiting system Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC, 3. pp. 2216-2221.

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Deorbitsail is a Seventh Framework Program (FP7) mission to demonstrate drag deorbiting via deployable sail. Deorbitsail will be a small satellite with a complete communications bus and three-axis attitude control. The satellite is subject to the 3U Cubesat standard and uses four deployable booms to unfurl four triangular sail segments. These segments will form a 5-by-5-metre square, which will be used for drag deorbiting. Three-axis attitude control will keep Deorbitsail pointed in the direction that maximizes drag. Depending on orientation, the stowed Deorbitsail Cubesat will have a frontal area of between 0.01 and 0.07 m2. With the sail deployed, the area will increase to slightly less than 25 m2.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Lappas, VJ
Stohlman, OR
Theodorou, T
Fernandez, JM
Prassinos, G
Date : 1 January 2013
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 13:20
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 23:49

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