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Deployment Mechanisms of a Gossamer Satellite Deorbiter

Fernandez, JM, Schenk, M, Prassinos, G, Lappas, V and Erb, SO (2013) Deployment Mechanisms of a Gossamer Satellite Deorbiter In: 15th European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium 2013, 2013-09-25 - 2013-09-27, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

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A Gossamer Deorbiter system, comprising a 5×5 m gossamer sail structure and a telescopic deployment system to distance the sail from the host satellite, was tested and qualified to TRL5/6. Two novel deployable boom concepts were developed: lenticular CuBe tape spring booms and bistable CFRP booms. Deployment tests identified the issue of ‘blossoming’ of the coiled booms, resulting in an unpredictable deployment and potential damage to the booms. Modifications to the mechanism design and deployment procedure were introduced to mitigate this issue. The CFRP boom concept was demonstrated to successfully deploy the gossamer sail to its full dimensions, and to be capable of carrying the expected operational loads.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Fernandez, JM
Prassinos, G
Erb, SO
Date : 25 September 2013
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 12:58
Last Modified : 23 Jan 2020 18:15

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