A complete treatment of the general motion of rotation and translation of a solar-sail spacecraft is proposed for the non-flat sail of complex shape. The planar heliocentric roto-translatory motion is considered, orbit-rotational coupling in the problem of altitude and orbital sail motion is investigated for the two-folding sail formed by two unequal reflective rectangular plates oriented at a right angle. The problem of orbit-rotational coupling is essentially a planar one: both sail plates are orthogonal to the orbital plane. The possibility of the non-controlled interplanetary transfer with such two-folding sail at its passive radiational orientation is established analytically from point of view of orbit-rotational coupling. Optimal geometric proportions of this sail are found at minimum-time interplanetary transfers.
This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.
Buy single article
Instant access to the full article PDF.
Price includes VAT for USA
Subscribe to journal
Immediate online access to all issues from 2019. Subscription will auto renew annually.
This is the net price. Taxes to be calculated in checkout.
Angrilli, F., Bortolamy, S.: 1990,ESA - Journ.,14, 431–446.
Beletskii, V. V.: 1966,Motion of an Artificial Satellite about its Center of Mass. Israel Program for Scientific Translations, Jerusalem.
Beletsky, V. V. and Starostin, E. L.: 1986,Acta Astronaut.,19, 3, 201–213.
Forward, R. L.: 1990,J.Astronaut.Sci.,38, 2, 161–185.
Janke, E., Emde, F. and Lösch, F.: 1960,Tafeln Höherer Funktionen, B. G. Teubner Verlagsgesellschaft, Stuttgart.
McInnes, C. R. and Brown, J. C.: 1990,Celest. Mech. and Dyn. Astron.,49, 3, 249–264.
Polyakhova, E. N.: 1986,Space Flight with a Solar Sail, Nauka Publ., Moscow (in Russian).
Polyakhova, E.N. and Shmyrov, A.S.: 1989,Kosmicheskie Issledovaniya,27, 1, 54–63 (Russian), English transl. inCosmic Research,27, 1.
Ruppe, H. O.: 1985,Acta Astronaut.,12, 11, 963–965.
Semyonov, Yu. P., Branets, V. N., Grigorjev Yu. I., Zelenschikov, N.L., Koshelev, V.A., Mel'nikov V.M., Platonov V.M., Sevastyanov N.N., Syromyatnikov, V.S.: 1994,Kosmicheskie Issledovaniya,32, 4–5, 186–193 (Russian), English transl. inCosmic Research,32, 4–5.
Syromyatnikov, V.S., Koshelev, V.A., Mel'nikov, V.M., Zaitzev, C.Yu., Krivolapova, O.Yu.: 1994,Kosmicheskie Issledovaniya,32, 4–5, 218–220 (Russian), English transl. inCosmic Research,32, 4–5.
Wright, J. L.: 1992,Space Sailing, Gordon and Breach Sci. Publs., N. Y. and London.
About this article
Cite this article
Kirpichnikov, S.N., Kirpichnikova, E.S., Polyakhova, E.N. et al. Planar heliocentric roto-translatory motion of a spacecraft with a solar sail of complex shape. Celestial Mech Dyn Astr 63, 255–269 (1995). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00692290
- Solar sail
- orbit-rotation coupling
- passive radiative orientation