Light curve approximation using an attitude model of solar sail spacecraft

Yasuhiro Yoshimura, Yuri Matsushita, Ryohei Arakawa, Toshiya Hanada

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Light curves are formulated using bidirectional reflectance distribution functions (BRDFs), which describe the ratio of light intensity between irradiance and radiance. The simplest BRDF is parameterized with Lambertian diffusion and perfect specular reflection. This model has been widely used in research on light curves as well as solar radiation pressure (SRP) modeling. SRP and its torque are one of main disturbances that contribute to spacecraft translational and rotational motion, which are also formulated with BRDFs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1960-1966
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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