A Parametric Study of Interplanetary Mission Using Solar Sail
Solar sailing has been an attractive concept and possibly an alternative mean of space propulsion for decades to come since solar sail spacecrafts can generate thrust without requiring any propellant. While the resulting acceleration is small, the continuous thrust would lead to high speed. The present work serves to demonstrate the potential of solar sail by analyzing the dynamics of a spacecraft utilizing solar sail and by carrying out a parametric study for an interplanetary mission exemplified by specific trajectory to Mars.
R. Varatharajoo, F.I. Romli, K.A. Ahmad, D.L. Majid and F. Mustapha
H. Djojodihardjo and A. Yousefian, "A Parametric Study of Interplanetary Mission Using Solar Sail", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vol. 629, pp. 291-297, 2014