ISS-Based Solar Sail Deployment Experiment “BMSTU-Sail”
The paper is about heliogyro solar sail deployment experiment called BMSTU-Sail which is developed by Bauman Moscow State Technical University (BMSTU) students and this experiment’s main aim is the validation of heliogyro deployment technology. Small prototype of two bladed solar sail will be deployed from picosatellite which will be launched by cosmonaut during extravehicular activity on International Space Station. BMSTU-Sail experiment was included into Russian segment experiment list as an educational experiment in December 2012 and it is financed by Russian Federal Space Agency “Roscosmos”. It is planned to be performed in the end of 2014.
KeywordsInternational Space Station Solar Sail Reaction Wheel Deployment Process Spring Tensioner
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Authors would like to express their gratitude to Russian Federal Space Agency “Roscosmos” for funding for the project, as well as curators of experiment from TsNIIMASH and RSC Energia, faculty of Special Machinery and BMSTU Rector’s Office for assistance in preparing an application for space experiment and help in its development. Special thanks to all BMSTU Youth Space Center students working in the project team. Per aspera ad astra!.
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