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Advances in Solar Sailing

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Gossamer Roadmap Technology Reference Study for a Sub-L1 Space Weather Mission

  • Colin R. McInnesAffiliated withDepartment of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Strathclyde Email author 
  • , Volker BothmerAffiliated withInstitute for Astrophysics, University of Göttingen
  • , Bernd DachwaldAffiliated withFaculty of Aerospace Engineering, FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences
  • , Ulrich R. M. E. GeppertAffiliated withInstitute of Space Systems, German Aerospace Center (DLR)Kepler Institute of Astronomy, University of Zielona Gora
  • , Jeannette HeiligersAffiliated withDepartment of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Strathclyde
  • , Alan HilgersAffiliated withSpace Environments and Effects Section, European Space Agency
  • , Les JohnsonAffiliated withAdvanced Concepts Office, ED04, NASA George C. Marshall Space Flight Center
  • , Malcolm MacdonaldAffiliated withDepartment of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Strathclyde
  • , Ruedeger ReinhardAffiliated withInstitute of Space Systems, European Space Agency
    • , Wolfgang SeboldtAffiliated withInstitute of Space Systems, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    • , Peter SpietzAffiliated withInstitute of Space Systems, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

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Abstract

A technology reference study for a displaced Lagrange point space weather mission is presented. The mission builds on previous concepts, but adopts a strong micro-spacecraft philosophy to deliver a low mass platform and payload which can be accommodated on the DLR/ESA Gossamer-3 technology demonstration mission. A direct escape from Geostationary Transfer Orbit is assumed with the sail deployed after the escape burn. The use of a miniaturized, low mass platform and payload then allows the Gossamer-3 solar sail to potentially double the warning time of space weather events. The mission profile and mass budgets will be presented to achieve these ambitious goals.