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dc.contributorFantino, Elena
dc.contributor.authorRique Garaizar, Orzuri
dc.description.abstractThis project presents the design of a solar sail as a feasible solution to thrust nanosatellites. A solar sail is a high-energy space propulsion system that uses solar radiation pressure to push large ultra-thin mirror to high speed, enabling the combination of low-cost operations with long operating lifetimes. In this project, the Solar Sail Module (SSM) is designed to be packed into a Plug and Play (PnP) module of 2U size (20cm x 10cm x 10cm). The solar sail is aimed for cubesats performing missions orbiting the Moon. Basically, the sail is sized for a trajectory that departs from GEO, follows a spiral to escape from the Earth and finally drives the nanosatellite to the target lunar orbit. The SSM detailed design has been done using Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components. The overall design of the SSM is presented by a CAD design done in CATIAv5. With respect to the trajectory calculation, a 4 body problem is implemented through a self-developed Matlab® code with RKF7 integrator. The trajectory calculation enables the validation of the SSM design to propel spacecraft up to 8kg in less than 3.6 years to the vicinity of the Moon. The main contribution of this work is to provide the nanosatellites community with a feasible PnP SSM that can drive this kind of satellites from the Earth to the Moon
dc.publisherUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Spain
dc.subjectÀrees temàtiques de la UPC::Aeronàutica i espai::Sistemes de propulsió
dc.subjectÀrees temàtiques de la UPC::Enginyeria de la telecomunicació::Radiocomunicació i exploració electromagnètica::Satèl·lits i ràdioenllaços
dc.subject.lcshNanosatellites--Propulsion systems
dc.subject.lcshSolar sails
dc.subject.lcshSolar radiation
dc.subject.otherSolar sail
dc.subject.otherMoon orbit
dc.titleDesign of a solar sail as the propulsion system for a nanosatellite
dc.typeMaster thesis (pre-Bologna period)
dc.subject.lemacSistemes de propulsió
dc.subject.lemacSatèl·lits artificials
dc.subject.lemacRadiació solar
dc.rights.accessOpen Access
dc.audience.educationlevelEstudis de primer/segon cicle
dc.audience.mediatorEscola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeries Industrial i Aeronàutica de Terrassa
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