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Accession Number N13-0014932
Title Selection and Manufacturing of Membrane Materials for Solar Sails.
Publication Date Jun 2013
Media Count 16p
Personal Author D. C. Working M. Miyaucchi R. G. Bryant S. T. Seaman W. K. Wilkie
Abstract Commercial metallized polyimide or polyester films and hand-assembly techniques are acceptable for small solar sail technology demonstrations, although scaling this approach to large sail areas is impractical. Opportunities now exist to use new polymeric materials specifically designed for solar sailing applications, and take advantage of integrated sail manufacturing to enable large-scale solar sail construction. This approach has, in part, been demonstrated on the JAXA IKAROS solar sail demonstrator, and NASA Langley Research Center is now developing capabilities to produce ultrathin membranes for solar sails by integrating resin synthesis with film forming and sail manufacturing processes. This paper will discuss the selection and development of polymer material systems for space, and these new processes for producing ultrathin high-performance solar sail membrane films.
Keywords Construction
Metal films
Solar sails
Spacecraft propulsion

Source Agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NTIS Subject Category 84 - Space Technology
Corporate Author National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Hampton, VA. Langley Research Center.
Document Type Conference proceedings
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1416
Contract Number N/A

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