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Gwalani, Punit (author)
With a dedicated mission to the Martian moons, Phobos and Deimos, set to launch soon, there is a growing interest in further exploring these moons using low-thrust propulsion. This paper investigates the trajectory design for a sample-return mission from Deimos using fuel-free solar sail propulsion technology, aiming to maximize operational time...
master thesis 2024
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Garcia Bonilla, Juan (author)
Solar sailing is a promising propellantless propulsion method that employs large reflective surfaces to harness solar radiation pressure for spacecraft propulsion. Despite the fact that several solar-sail near-Earth missions will launch in the coming years, there is notable lack of published studies on the uncertainties associated with missions...
master thesis 2023
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Martens, Roos (author)
Recent studies have shown the feasibility of differential dynamic programming (DDP) in optimizing Earth-centered solar-sail trajectories. In order to further demonstrate the ability of DDP in the optimization of solar-sail trajectories, this work investigates the performance of DDP for optimizing interplanetary solar-sail trajectories. The...
master thesis 2023
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Monechi, Guido (author)
Solar sailing is a flight-proven low-thrust propulsion technology with strong potential for innovative scientific missions. The heliogyro is promising sailcraft design that utilizes a set of long slender blades which are deployed and flattened by spin-induced tension and whose orientations can be individually controlled. The main advantages of...
master thesis 2023
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de Veld, Frank (author)
Thousands of space debris objects remain in space after decades of spaceflight without sustainability regulations. Some of these objects de-orbit naturally, but not objects in the geostationary region for which active debris removal is needed. This thesis presents the case of geostationary debris removal using solar sailing, a propulsion method...
master thesis 2022
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Buckley, Cian (author)
This paper investigates the use of solar sailing propulsion to visit as many co-orbital near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) as possible, within a fixed time-frame. This research builds on previous publications, which have shown solar sailing to be a suitable propulsion method to visit NEAs. The dynamics of this problem are modelled within the Solar Sail...
master thesis 2022
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Heiligers, M.J. (author), Monechi, Guido (author)
Solar sailing is a flight-proven low-thrust propulsion technology with strong potential for innovative scientific missions. All previous solar-sail missions employed a solar-sail system design consisting of four triangular sail quadrants supported by deployable booms. As an alternative to such a fixed and flat sail-system design, this paper...
conference paper 2022
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Bakx, Niels (author)
This paper investigates the use of solar-sail technology to increase the warning time for Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) heading towards Earth. In addition, this research will build upon the current understanding of using solar-sail dynamics with regards to CME detection by providing insights into the problem characteristics. The warning time is...
master thesis 2021
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Leemans, Gijs (author)
This thesis demonstrates the usability of differential dynamic programming (DDP) to obtain, for the first time, globally optimal Earth-centred solar-sail trajectories. To this end, DDP is combined with a global optimisation heuristic, monotonic basin hopping. The dynamical model is implemented as a two-body problem, augmented with an ideal solar...
master thesis 2021
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Bakx, N.K.M. (author), Heiligers, M.J. (author)
Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), commonly referred to as solar storms, that are on an Earth-intersecting trajectory, may lead to the breakdown of power grid transformers, the malfunctioning of Earth-orbiting spacecraft, and disruptions in navigation and communication systems, among many other effects. The financial impact of a solar storm is...
conference paper 2021
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Carzana, L. (author), Visser, P.N.A.M. (author), Heiligers, M.J. (author)
Solar sailing is a spacecraft propulsion method relying solely on solar radiation pressure to provide thrust and is therefore propellantless by nature. Although it represents a practical and promising propulsion system particularly suited for heliocentric flight regimes, near-term sailcraft missions will remain Earth-bound due to the current...
conference paper 2021
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de Boer, Roderick (author)
This paper presents time-optimal transfer trajectories between planar solar-sail displaced libration point orbits around the $L_1$ and $L_2$ points of the Sun-Earth and Earth-Moon systems. Initial guesses for these transfers are generated as two-segment trajectories, with a fixed sail attitude along each segment. The position and velocity...
master thesis 2020
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Gamez Losada, Fernando (author)
The propellantless nature of solar-sail propulsion allows researchers to design completely new sets of orbits unreachable or not-maintainable by means of conventional propulsion. The advantage of this somewhat new type of low-thrust propulsion system becomes more evident for long-duration missions where chemical or electrical rocket engines...
master thesis 2019
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Farrés, Ariadna (author), Heiligers, M.J. (author), Miguel, Narcís (author)
This paper explores the capability of solar sails to transfer a probe from the displaced Sun-Earth L<sub>1</sub> and L<sub>2</sub> libration points to the region of practical stability (RPS) around the triangular equilibrium points L<sub>4</sub> and L<sub>5</sub>. If the sailcraft arrives inside the RPS with zero synodical velocity, it will...
journal article 2019
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Acciarini, Giacomo Acciarini (author)
In the context of metaheuristic global optimization, we present the definition and development of two new ant colony optimizers (ACO): a single-objective mixed-integer one, called ACOmi, and a multi-objective hypervolume-based one, called MHACO. In particular, after having performed a verification and validation phase over a wide set of problems...
master thesis 2019
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Fernández Mora, Alvaro (author)
The development of solar-sail technology in combination with the rising interest in a mission to the Sun-Earth L5 region for heliophysics and the search for Trojan asteroids, raises the question of using solar sailing as the primary propulsion method to enable such a mission. This study therefore investigates different invariant objects and...
master thesis 2019
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Grundmann, Jan Thimo (author), Bauer, Waldemar (author), Boden, Ralf (author), Ceriotti, Matteo (author), Chand, Suditi (author), Heiligers, M.J. (author), Vergaaij, Merel (author), Viavattene, Giulia (author), Wolff, Friederike (author)
The exploration of small solar system bodies started with fast fly-bys of opportunity on the sidelines of missions to the planets. The tiny new worlds seen turned out to be so intriguing and different from all else (and each other) that dedicated sample-return and in-situ analysis missions were developed and launched. Through these, highly...
journal article 2019
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Heiligers, M.J. (author), Fernandez, Juan M. (author), Stohlman, Olive R. (author), Wilkie, W. Keats (author)
This paper proposes the use of solar-sail technology currently under development at NASA Langley Research Center for a CubeSat rendezvous mission with asteroid 2016 HO3, a quasi-satellite of Earth. Time-optimal trajectories are sought for within a 2022–2023 launch window, starting from an assumed launcher ejection condition in the Earth-Moon...
journal article 2019
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Krishnan, Ananthakrishnan (author)
Comets, the sporadic visitors from the outer edges of the Solar System, are considered to hold the key for understanding the formation of planets and the origin of life on Earth. Having spent the majority of time away from the radiative environment of the inner Solar System, the chemistry of the comets has remained unaltered, making them the...
master thesis 2018
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van den Oever, Tom (author)
This thesis presents the design of solar-sail transfer trajectories to a constellation of two spacecraft in displaced vertical Lyapunov orbits at the L2 point of the Earth-Moon system. The constellation provides continuous coverage of the Aitken basin and the lunar South Pole. Initial guesses for the transfers are generated using reverse time...
master thesis 2018
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