Dr. Bo Fu
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering – UC Davis
Solar sail is a type of spacecraft propelled by harvesting momentum from solar radiation. This presentation covers the fundamentals of solar sailing, and will be focused around a comprehensive study of Tip Displacement Method (TDM) that can be used to effect an orientation change as well as attitude control of a larger solar sail. The method is described as it applies to a square solar sail that consists of four triangular wings, and relies on the movement of the tips of the wings for generating the control torque needed for attitude control. TDM has been shown to be feasible for solar sail attitude control, especially for large solar sails. The potential use of larger solar sails for interplanetary transportation is also discussed.
Date(s) - 11/10/2016
4:10 pm - 5:00 pm
1062 Bainer Classroom