To the calculation of the main vector and the main momentum of light pressure force on a solar sail

Authors: Zimin V.N. , Nerovnyi N.A. Published: 14.02.2016
Published in issue: #1(106)/2016  

DOI: 10.18698/0236-3941-2016-1-17-28

Category: Aviation and Rocket-Space Engineering | Chapter: Aircraft Dynamics, Ballistics, Motion Control  
Keywords: solar sail, light pressure, reflectivity coefficient, optical characteristics, resultant vector, principal moment

The article examines the problem of analytical determination of light pressure resultant vector and principal moment for the solar sail of convex shape. The resultant vector and principal moment and its light pressure equations make it possible to separate the description of solar sail shape surface with its optical characteristics from its spatial orientation relative to incident sun rays. We also obtained correction data which helped to consider the linear dependence of sail material reflectivity on its volumetric strain. The resulted tensor equations can be used to determine the load on any bodies under light pressure.


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