Solar Thruster Sailor (STS) - Figs -

- Frank Ellinghaus -

I N D E X - G E R M A N

POST & AUTHOR & Vision
STS - Solar Thruster Sailor
RSS - Ring Skeleton Structure LTH - Launcher Transport Head EFO - Experimental Flying Object RSC - Rotational Slingshot Catapult
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Fig.1 - Fig.2a-2b - Fig.2c - Fig.2d - Fig.3a-3b - Fig.4a-4c - Fig.5 - Fig.6 - Fig.7 - Inner Ring - Flying Ring - Fig.8 - Fig.8a - Fig.8b - Fig.9 - Fig.9a - Fig.10 - Fig.11 - Fig.10 - Fig.11 - Fig.13 - Fig.14-15 - Fig.16 Mobile Thruster Unit - Fig.17 - Fig.18 Fuelless Steering - Fig.19-21d Solar Sail Launch System

The Solar Thruster Sailor (STS) combines electric thrusters mounted on an Outer Ring with solar sail propulsion and a large payload area. If combined with an Inner Ring as a docking and payload station, the space craft can serve as a carrier for a satellite swarm or space craft fleet, a container ship or a space tug which is able to handle payload in its center. Try this with a mast and boom based or heliogyro type solar sail :-) .

The following figures contain some German words because I used them in the patent-application at the German "Patentamt".

Fig. 1 - Solar Thruster Sailor

Fig. 1, STS with thruster-ring and solar sail

Main elements of fig 1 are thruster-ring "1" with double thruster units mounted on its outer edge, solar sail and solar cells with carbon belts stretched within "2", carrying a (carbon) payload-platform in the middle "3". Thruster units 1.5 are for right - left- rotation around the pole. Thruster units 1.6 are for up - down rotation around the diameter.



Fig. 2.a and Fig. 2.b - Thruster Units up - down and right - left

Fig. 2.a, Fig. 2.b

Thruster units, parts 1.9 are at the same time brackets and tank units for xenon-gas. Parts 1.10 are jet tubes consisting of two thrusters with outlet to opposed directions.



Fig. 2.c - Thruster Unit - Installation

Fig. 2.c

The two splints of the bracket 1.9 run completely through the segment-pipes and are boltet onto them with counter nuts. The splints are also conductors for the electric power yielded from the solar-cells near the thruster-unit. Half-pipes (could be from metal) 1.9.2 enfold the segment pipes to give this joints some more strength since they have to resist heavy rotational forces.



Fig. 2.d - Double Thruster Unit with two typical ion thrusters.

Fig. 2.d, double thruster unit with typical ion thrusters

The bracket for the unit is at the same time tank for xenon gas



Fig. 3.a - 3.b - (carbon) belts bolted to the pipe segments

Fig. 3.a - Fig. 3.b - (carbon) belts bolted to the pipe segments

As simple as it can get. If you have one plate with inbuilt screws and the other plate with holes there is not much work to do to mount the belt.



Fig. 4.a, Fig. 4.b, Fig. 4.c - Launcher Transport Head (LTH) Getting the pipe segments into space

Fig. 4.c

Launcher Transport Head (LTH)
pipes transported outside of the launcher

Fig. 4.a

one layer LTH from above

Fig. 4.b

multiple layer LTH from above

Fig4c Fig4a

If the upper stage of the launcher has a diameter of 4 m and the pipe segments a diameter of about 6 cm, it is possible to transport up to 200 pipes. Given a length of about 15 m per segment youll get a perimeter of 3000 m from one layer. The compressed mass volume of this layer is about 0,6 cubicmeter of lightweight material. Not a weight to worry about for a big solar sailor-structure.

Fig4b

A multilayer LTH could transport pipes for very large ring structures.

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Fig.1 - Fig.2a-2b - Fig.2c - Fig.2d - Fig.3a-3b - Fig.4a-4c - Fig.5 - Fig.6 - Fig.7 - Inner Ring - Flying Ring - Fig.8 - Fig.8a - Fig.8b - Fig.9 - Fig.9a - Fig.10 - Fig.11 - Fig.10 - Fig.11 - Fig.13 - Fig.14-15 - Fig.16 Mobile Thruster Unit - Fig.17 - Fig.18 Fuelless Steering - Fig.19-21d Solar Sail Launch System

I N D E X - G E R M A N

POST & AUTHOR & Vision
STS - Solar Thruster Sailor
RSS - Ring Skeleton Structure LTH - Launcher Transport Head EFO - Experimental Flying Object RSC - Rotational Slingshot Catapult
L I N K S ENGLISH