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Solar sail missions will be designed for specific propulsion models of a sail, however due to uncertainties in sail performance and degradation these models must always be conservative and provide excess thrust. It is not simple to shed excess thrust on a solar sail, and it may not be feasible or wise to continually re-optimize and re-target the trajectory based on the current performance of the sail. We present an alternate control methodology that dumps excess thrust by forcing the sail todoi:10.2514/6.2005-6173 fatcat:khxtfqpc6bfhxmkehvzzfyp5pu