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Number: 244/168
Name: Aeronautics > Spacecraft > Attitude control > By solar pressure
Description: Apparatus provided with means utilizing incident radiant energy from the sun or other similar celestial body for maintaining the machine or structure in a desired attitude.

Patents under this class:
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Patent Number Title Of Patent Date Issued
8646747 Methods, devices, and mediums associated with optical lift mechanism Feb. 11, 2014
8505853 Method for controlling satellite attitude, and attitude-controlled satellite Aug. 13, 2013
7980514 Solar array momentum control Jul. 19, 2011
7913953 Solar sail launch system and solar sail attitude control system Mar. 29, 2011
7624949 Satellite provided with means for countering solar pressure Dec. 1, 2009
7219860 Spacecraft including control vanes having variable absorptive, reflective and emissive characteristics May. 22, 2007
7185856 Method for controlling the attitude of an satellites in elliptic orbits using solar radiation pressure Mar. 6, 2007
7104506 Spacecraft disturbance trimming system Sep. 12, 2006
7051981 Method for aligning a spacecraft May. 30, 2006
6921050 Solar torque control using thin film directionally reflective, emissive, absorptive and transmissive surfaces Jul. 26, 2005
6921048 Method and apparatus for minimizing solar array sun tracking disturbance by north and south solar array wing cancellation Jul. 26, 2005
6726153 Photon momentum transfer plane for asteroid, meteoroid, and comet orbit shaping Apr. 27, 2004
6689952 Large membrane space structure and method for its deployment and expansion Feb. 10, 2004
6622970 Method and apparatus for autonomous solar navigation Sep. 23, 2003
6609683 Supporting structure for a solar sail of a satellite Aug. 26, 2003
6588708 Spacecraft methods and structures for acquiring and determining power-safe attitudes Jul. 8, 2003
6481671 Spacecraft sunshield for use in performing solar torque balancing Nov. 19, 2002
6371413 Artificial satellite equipped with generators of magnetic and aerodynamic moments and control process for such a satellite Apr. 16, 2002
6260806 Method and apparatus for using a momentum bias to provide spacecraft attitude stabilization during an eclipse Jul. 17, 2001
6194790 Solar sail for power generation Feb. 27, 2001
6189835 Apparatus for spacecraft angular momentum control through the use of reflective thermal blankets Feb. 20, 2001
6164597 Using reflected solar radiation pressure to provide stationkeeping maneuvering of a spacecraft Dec. 26, 2000
6138061 Onboard orbit propagation using quaternions Oct. 24, 2000
6128556 CMG control based on angular momentum to control satellite attitude Oct. 3, 2000
6102336 Passive device for stabilizing the direction in which a spacecraft points Aug. 15, 2000
6070833 Methods for reducing solar array power variations while managing the system influences of operating with off-pointed solar wings Jun. 6, 2000
6062511 Device for adjusting a solar panel on a spacecraft, and spacecraft equipped with such a device May. 16, 2000
6042240 Adjustable three dimensional focal length tracking reflector array Mar. 28, 2000
6003817 Actively controlled thermal panel and method therefor Dec. 21, 1999
5996942 Autonomous solar torque management Dec. 7, 1999
5934620 Spacecraft sun-target steering about an arbitrary body axis Aug. 10, 1999
5895014 Satellite solar array and method of biasing to reduce seasonal output power fluctuations Apr. 20, 1999
5887827 Method for producing extreme microgravity in extended volumes Mar. 30, 1999
5850992 Method for controlling the pitch attitude of a satellite by means of solar radiation pressure Dec. 22, 1998
5833176 Bowed solar array Nov. 10, 1998
5826828 Sun/earth acquisition without thrusters Oct. 27, 1998
5816540 Optimal solar tracking system Oct. 6, 1998
5806801 Method and system for formationkeeping between orbiting spacecraft by varying their ballistic coefficients Sep. 15, 1998
5794891 Method of controlling the attitude control for satellites on an orbit inclined relative to the equator Aug. 18, 1998
5775645 Controlled-emission solar tabs for attitude solar sailing Jul. 7, 1998
5765780 Systematic vectored thrust calibration method for satellite momentum control Jun. 16, 1998
5752675 Thruster control of yaw without yaw measurements May. 19, 1998
5742254 Three-axis stabilized geostationary satellite carrying out radar surveillance of the surrounding space Apr. 21, 1998
5697582 Method of adjusting the position of satellites by means of solar pressure torques Dec. 16, 1997
5683060 Air vehicle Nov. 4, 1997
5669586 Satellite gravity gradient compensation using on-orbit solar array reorientation Sep. 23, 1997
5653407 Geocentric pointing three-axis stabilised satellite in low orbit with single-axis steerable solar generator Aug. 5, 1997
5626315 Apparatus controlling the pitch attitude of a satellite by means of solar radiation pressure May. 6, 1997
5618012 Satellite stabilization system Apr. 8, 1997
5312073 Method for controlling the pitch attitude of a satellite by means of solar radiation pressure and satellite, in particular an electric propulsion satellite, suitable for implementation of the May. 17, 1994

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