Deployment Mechanisms of a Gossamer Satellite Deorbiter

J. M. Fernandez, Mark Schenk, G. Prassinos, V. J. Lappas, S. O. Erb

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A Gossamer Deorbiter system, comprising a 5×5 m gossamer sail structure and a telescopic deployment system to distance the sail from the host satellite, was tested and qualified to TRL5/6. Two novel deployable boom concepts were developed: lenticular CuBe tape spring booms and bistable CFRP booms. Deployment tests identified the issue of ‘blossoming’ of the coiled booms, resulting in an unpredictable deployment and potential damage to the booms. Modifications to the mechanism design and deployment procedure were introduced to mitigate this issue. The CFRP boom concept was demonstrated to successfully deploy the gossamer sail to its full dimensions, and to be capable of carrying the expected operational loads.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event15th European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium 2013 (ESMATS 2013) - Noordwijk, Netherlands
Duration: 25 Sep 201327 Sep 2013


Conference15th European Space Mechanisms and Tribology Symposium 2013 (ESMATS 2013)


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