Gossamer roadmap technology reference study for a sub-L1 Space weather mission

Colin McInnes, Volker Bothmer, Bernd Dachwald, Ulrich R. M. E. Geppert, Jeannette Heiligers, Alan Hilgers, Les Johnson, Malcolm Macdonald, Ruedeger Reinhard, Wolfgang Seboldt, Peter Spietz

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A technology reference study for a displaced Lagrange point space weather mission is presented. The mission builds on previous concepts, but adopts a strong micro-spacecraft philosophy to deliver a low mass platform and payload which can be accommodated on the DLR/ESA Gossamer-3 technology demonstration mission. A direct escape from Geostationary Transfer Orbit is assumed with the sail deployed after the escape burn. The use of a miniaturized, low mass platform and payload then allows the Gossamer-3 solar sail to potentially double the warning time of space weather events. The mission profile and mass budgets will be presented to achieve these ambitious goals.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Solar Sailing
EditorsMalcolm Macdonald
Place of PublicationGermany
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014
Event3rd International Symposium on Solar Sailing - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Jun 201313 Jun 2013

Publication series

NameSpringer Praxis Books: Astronautical Engineering
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg


Conference3rd International Symposium on Solar Sailing
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • gossamer roadmap technology
  • sub-L1
  • space weather
  • mission planning

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