Review of Inflatable Booms for Deployable Space Structures: Packing and Rigidization
Viquerat, Andrew D
Seffen, Keith Alexander
Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
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Schenk, M., Viquerat, A. D., Seffen, K. A., & Guest, S. D. (2014). Review of Inflatable Booms for Deployable Space Structures: Packing and Rigidization. Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets https://doi.org/10.2514/1.A32598
Inflatable structures offer the potential of compactly stowing lightweight structures, which assume a fully deployed state in space. An important category of space inflatables are cylindrical booms, which may form the structural members of trusses or the support structure for solar sails. Two critical and interdependent aspects of designing inflatable cylindrical booms for space applications are i) packaging methods that enable compact stowage and ensure reliable deployment, and ii) rigidization techniques that provide long-term structural ridigity after deployment. The vast literature in these two fields is summarized to establish the state of the art.
The work described in this paper forms part of the DeployTech project; the authors gratefully acknowledge the funding from the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.2514/1.A32598
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/245289