
Accession Number : ADA136794
Title : Orbital Motion of a Freely Coning Solar Sail.
Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,
Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHTPATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
Personal Author(s) : Jenkins,K L
PDF Url : ADA136794
Report Date : Dec 1983
Pagination or Media Count : 75
Abstract : This paper addresses orbital perturbations in the twobody problem of an earthorbiting solar sail undergoing free coning motion in a circular orbit. The coning motion controls both the magnitude and direction of the solar radiation pressure force. The equations of motion are expanded from the Language planetary equations in their acceleration component form and are solved assuming small changes in the orbital elements over the period of one orbit. Resonances are observed between the mean motion of the sail and its precession rate. The onetoone resonance case is examined and numerical methods are employed to verify the analytic results for the circular orbit case. (Author)
Descriptors : *Solar sails, *Orbits, Earth orbits, Circular orbits, Perturbations, Equations of motion, Solar radiation, Radiation pressure, Resonance, Thrust, Theses
Subject Categories : Unmanned Spacecraft
Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE