Electric sail, photonic sail and deorbiting applications of the freely guided photonic blade

@article{Janhunen2014ElectricSP,
  title={Electric sail, photonic sail and deorbiting applications of the freely guided photonic blade},
  author={P. Janhunen},
  journal={Acta Astronautica},
  year={2014},
  volume={93},
  pages={410-417}
}
  • P. Janhunen
  • Published 2014
  • Engineering, Physics
  • Acta Astronautica
  • Abstract We consider a freely guided photonic blade (FGPB) which is a centrifugally stretched sheet of photonic sail membrane that can be tilted by changing the centre of mass or by other means. The FGPB can be installed at the tip of each main tether of an electric solar wind sail (E-sail) so that one can actively manage the tethers to avoid their mutual collisions and to modify the spin rate of the sail if needed. This enables a more scalable and modular E-sail than the baseline approach… CONTINUE READING
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