Special Issue "Deployable Space Structures and Mechanisms"

A special issue of Aerospace (ISSN 2226-4310). This special issue belongs to the section "Astronautics & Space Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 January 2024 | Viewed by 131

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Eleftherios Gdoutos
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Guest Editor
1. Space Structures Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA
2. Proteus Space, Los Angeles, CA 90021, USA
Interests: deployable structures; high strain composites; microsatellites; rapid satellite production
Dr. Armanj Hasanyan
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Guest Editor
Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX 79968, USA
Interests: fracture mechanics of plates and shells; deployable space structures; composite materials and manufacturing; progressive damage models; higher order micropolar continuum theory

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Deployable structures and mechanisms are critical to the success of almost all space missions. Deployable structures and mechanisms (i) ensure the stowage of photovoltaics (PV), antennas, optical surfaces, and other functional systems and components in a small volume during launch; (ii) autonomously deploy them into a large area or volume prior to operation; and (iii) provide structural support ensuring the required shape characteristics are met under thermal and dynamic loading during operation. Maximizing the ratio of the deployed volume to the stowed volume and minimizing overall mass are key performance metrics for mission capability. Materials such as high strain composites can enable greater capability by reducing the need for separate hinge components and deployment actuators. Specific design challenges vary depending on the mission constraints (e.g. operation in a Lunar environment vs in low earth orbit) and result in different optimal architectures. We invite authors to submit their research manuscripts on all topics related to deployable space structures and mechanisms, including innovative concepts in stowing and deployment concepts, deployable structural architectures, deployment schemes, and high strain composites and materials with applications in the space environment.

Dr. Eleftherios Gdoutos
Dr. Armanj Hasanyan
Guest Editors

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  • deployable structure(s)
  • high strain composite(s)
  • space structure(s)
  • deployment mechanism(s)
  • ultralight deployable structures
  • lightweight deployable structures
  • flexible structures
  • foldable structures
  • coilable structures

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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