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Solar Sails pp 121-134 | Cite as

Designing a Solar Sail

  • Giovanni Vulpetti
  • Les Johnson
  • Gregory L. Matloff

For solar sails, as with most engineering challenges, there is no single, “best” design solution that will meet all potential needs and mission scenarios. This chapter discusses the most viable solar-sail design options and the pros and cons of each, and the problem of controlling the orientation of a sail in space.

Keywords

Attitude Control Attitude Control System Spacecraft Attitude Solar Sail External Torque 
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© Praxis Publishing, Ltd 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Giovanni Vulpetti
    • 1
  • Les Johnson
    • 2
  • Gregory L. Matloff
    • 3
  1. 1.International Academy of AstronauticsParisFrance
  2. 2.NASA Marshall Space Flight CenterHuntsvilleUSA
  3. 3.New York City college of TechnologyBrooklynUSA

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