A New Low Cost Unfurlable Beam for Small Spacecraft Applications
COLORADO UNIV AT BOULDER
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In this paper a new concept for a light weight, low cost, small packaging volume, unfurlable beam is presented. Two hardware models are constructed and deployment tests conducted. The first test involves the measuring of accelerations as the structure is horizontally deployed along a Teflon sheet. The second test involves strobed photography of a vertical deployment. From these tests the assumption of a constant deployment force is verified. The deployment force is then analytically solved for using the time for deployment from the horizontal deployment test.