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1. (WO2017193091) SOLAR SAIL FOR ORBITAL MANEUVERS

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/193091    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/031436
Publication Date: Fri Nov 10 00:59:59 CET 2017 International Filing Date: Sat May 06 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: B64G 1/24
B64G 1/40
B64G 1/50
B64G 1/64
Applicants: L'GARDE, INC.
Inventors: BARNES, Nathaniel, C.
GARBER, Darren, D.
Title: SOLAR SAIL FOR ORBITAL MANEUVERS
Abstract:
A solar sail includes a bus and a plurality of separate movable vanes coupled to the bus. Each movable vane includes a reflective surface for generating solar radiation pressure and propel the solar sail in space. Each vane may be movable relative to the bus in a fully deployed configuration such that an amount of thrust generated by solar radiation pressure on each vane is controllable.