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Investigating the Design Space for Solar Sail Trajectories in the Earth- Moon System
The Open Aerospace Engineering Journal
Solar sailing is an enabling technology for many mission applications. One potential application is the use of a sail as a communications relay for a base at the lunar south pole. A survey of the design space for a solar sail spacecraft that orbits in view of the lunar south pole at all times demonstrates that trajectory options are available for sails with characteristic acceleration values of 1.3 mm/s 2 or higher. Although the current sail technology is presently not at this level, thisdoi:10.2174/1874146001104010026 fatcat:tlh46bdg5ve2hjegdbco5odv3y