Solar radiation pressure effects on the Helios spacecraft
Abstract
A mathematical model of the solar radiation force and torques, developed for the Mariner 10 Venus/Mercury spacecraft mission, was used for a detailed analysis of the effects of solar light pressure on the Helios spacecraft. Due to the fact that the main body of the Helios spacecraft is a surface of enclosure, inside of which most of the reradiated thermal energy is lost, expressions for the portion of the solar radiation force, produced by the thermal reradiation, had to be given a different form. Hence the need for the derivation of a somewhat different theoretical model for the force acting on the main body of the spacecraft.
 Publication:

NASA STI/Recon Technical Report N
 Pub Date:
 July 1976
 Bibcode:
 1976STIN...7630258G
 Keywords:

 Helios Satellites;
 Illuminance;
 Solar Radiation;
 Computer Programs;
 Mathematical Models;
 Satellite Orbits;
 Thermal Energy;
 Launch Vehicles and Space Vehicles