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Inflation deployed torus-shaped solar sail accelerated via thermal desorption of coating

By Roman Ya. Kezerashvili and others
A torus-shaped sail consists of a reflective membrane attached to an inflatable torus-shaped rim. The sail's deployment from its stowed configuration is initiated by introducing inflation pressure into the toroidal rim with an attached circular flat membrane coated by heat-sensitive materials that undergo thermal desorption (TD) from a solid to... Show more
August 22, 2019
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Inflation deployed torus-shaped solar sail accelerated via thermal desorption of coating
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