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Accession Number N13-0014933
Title Heliogyro Solar Sail Research at NASA.
Publication Date Jun 2013
Media Count 20p
Personal Author A. F. Heaton A. F. Heaton D. A. Lawrence D. V. Guerrant E. H. Dowell J. D. Littell J. E. Warren J. N. Juang K. H. Lyle L. G. Horta M. W. Thomson P. E. Walkemeyer R. G. Bryant S. C. Gibbs W. K. Wilkie
Abstract The recent successful flight of the JAXA IKAROS solar sail has renewed interest within NASA in spinning solar sail concepts for high-performance solar sailing. The heliogyro solar sail, in particular, is being re-examined as a potential game-changing architecture for future solar sailing missions. In this paper, we present an overview of ongoing heliogyro technology development and feasibility assessment activities within NASA. In particular, a small-scale heliogyro solar sail technology demonstration concept will be described. We will also discuss ongoing analytical and experimental heliogyro structural dynamics and controls investigations and provide an outline of future heliogyro development work directed toward enabling a low cost heliogyro technology demonstration mission ca. 2020.
Keywords Dynamic response
Dynamic structural analysis
Feasibility analysis
Low cost
Solar sails
Spacecraft propulsion
Technology assessment

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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