Deployment and steering dynamics of spinning solar sail "IKAROS"

Osamu Mori*, Yoji Shirasawa, Yasuyuki Miyazaki, Hiraku Sakamoto, Mitsue Hasome, Nobukatsu Okuizumi, Hirotaka Sawada, Hiroshi Furuya, Saburo Matunaga, Michihiro Natori, Yuichi Tsuda, Takanao Saiki, Ryu Funase, Yuya Mimasu, Junichiro Kawaguchi

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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) makes the world's first solar power sail craft IKAROS demonstration of photon propulsion and thin film solar power generation during its interplanetary cruise. The spacecraft deploys and spans a membrane of 20 meters in diameter using the spin centrifugal force. It also deploys thin film solar cells on the membrane, in order to evaluate its thermal control property and anti-radiation performance in the real operational field. The spacecraft weighs approximately 310kg, launched together with the agency's Venus Climate Orbiter, AKATSUKI on May 21, 2010. This paper presents the summary of development and operation of IKAROS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-96
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Aerospace Engineering, Sciences and Applications
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes


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