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By Jason Hall

ISBN-10: 9533075511

ISBN-13: 9789533075518

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Jiang, H. ; Zhang, S. Y. & Han, J. W. (2005). Spacecraft docking simulation using HIL simulator with Stewart platform. Journal of Chinese Mechanical Engineering. 3, Mar. ; Guan, H. H. (1999). Study on dynamics of mechano-electronic springdamper system with differential connections. J. Tsinghua Univ. (Sci. 8, Aug. ; Uchiyama, M. (2001). Analytical and experimental evaluation of impact dynamics on a high-speed zero G motion simulator. Proceedings of the 2001 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems.

2. Performance metrics To compare solar sail mission applications and concepts standard performance metrics will be used. The most common metric is the characteristic acceleration which is the idealised SRP Solar Sailing: Applications and Technology Advancement 39 acceleration experienced by the solar sail facing the Sun at a distance of 1 au. 126 µN m-2; however, in practise an efficiency factor must be added to this to account for non-ideal performance (Wright, 1992). The sail characteristic acceleration offers an excellent performance metric unsullied by difficulties in hardware development and implementation of the theory.

In addition to the traditional view of solar sailing as a very large structure several organisations, including NASA and the Planetary Society, are developing CubeSat based solar sails. Indeed, NASA flew the first CubeSat solar sails on board the third SpaceX Falcon 1 launch on 2 August 2008 which failed approximately 2 minutes after launch. It is however unclear how such CubeSail programs will complement traditional solar sailing and whether they will provide sufficient confidence in the technology to enable larger, more advanced solar sail demonstrator missions.

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