Solar sail deployment experiment

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Shimose, Shigeru ; 下瀬 滋 (2006)
  • Publisher: 宇宙航空研究開発機構
  • Journal: 平成18年度 宇宙航空研究開発機構 総合技術研究本部 宇宙科学研究本部 研究成果報告書=Report on Research Achievements for FY2006 Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Institute of Aerospace Technology, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency 237-240 (issn: 1349-113X)
  • Subject: ソーラーセイル | 薄膜 | 太陽放射 | polyimide | 太陽風 | solar sail | large space structure | 大型宇宙構造物 | 展開 | deployment | membrane structure | solar radiation | ポリイミド | solar wind | 膜構造物 | 遠心力 | thin film | 宇宙船設計、試験及び性能 | 月及び惑星探査 | centrifugal force | 機械工学
    arxiv: Physics::Space Physics | Physics::Popular Physics | Astrophysics::Earth and Planetary Astrophysics | Quantitative Biology::Other

Solar Sail move by receiving momentum of photons in sunlight. This paper presents results of some Spin-Stabilized Solar Sail deployment experiment. ISAS has successfully deployed, for the first time in the world, the polyimide Solar Sail taking advantage of centrifugal force in space. Based on this result, the new deployment mechanism is being developed which retracts the 50 m diameter sail.
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