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Solar Sailing for Space Situational Awareness In the Lunar System

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Project "S4ILS" data sheet

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Organization address
address: STEVINWEG 1
city: DELFT
postcode: 2628 CN

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 202˙897 €
 EC max contribution 202˙897 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-08-08   to  2018-02-07


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT NL (DELFT) coordinator 202˙897.00


 Project objective

Solar Sailing for Space Situational Awareness In the Lunar System (S4ILS) will deliver radically new orbits in space by exploiting the potential of solar sailing, an exciting new type of spacecraft propulsion. As a flight-proven technology, a solar sail spacecraft rides on sunlight the way that sailboats ride on the wind. Its renewable attribute makes solar sailing a truly mission enabling technology, which is exploited by S4ILS to further one of Europe’s key space priorities, Space Situational Awareness (SSA): the new orbits will improve our ability to keep ground and space assets safe from natural cosmic hazards (e.g. space weather) and man-made threats from space (debris). S4ILS offers novelty of research and solutions to global challenges, as well as excellent training of the Experienced Researcher (ER) by a world-leading astrodynamics institute at the University of Colorado, USA, and by one of Europe’s top universities of technology, TU Delft, the Netherlands. The entire team of renowned experts in astrodynamics, low-thrust space mission design and SSA built around the ER enables a unique fusion of knowledge and a pool of resources, creating the best environment for the ER to fully develop her potential. The fundamentally new orbital dynamics that S4ILS will deliver combined with the compelling application of SSA, that impacts industries far beyond the aerospace sector, will put solar sailing firmly on the European space agenda and will underpin the need for further European solar sail technology development. Influencing decision makers is ensured by collaborating with the American space agency (NASA) and through a secondment at the European Space Agency. These opportunities expose the ER to a vast international network, crucial for starting an independent research career. In summary, the Fellowship allows the ER to emerge as a leader in game-changing developments in space technology and applications and provides a platform for a successful academic career.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2015 Heiligers, J., Guerrant, D., and Lawrence, D.
Heliogyro Orbital Control Authority
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
25th International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics 2019-06-14
2018 Jeannette Heiligers, Jeffrey S. Parker, Malcolm Macdonald
Novel Solar-Sail Mission Concepts for High-Latitude Earth and Lunar Observation
published pages: 212-230, ISSN: 0731-5090, DOI: 10.2514/1.G002919
Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics 41/1 2019-06-14
2016 Heiligers, J., Macdonald, M, and Parker, J.S.
Extension of Earth-Moon Libration Point Orbits with Solar Sail Propulsion
published pages: , ISSN: 1572-946X, DOI: 10.1007/s10509-016-2783-3
Astrophysics and Space Science 361: 241 2019-06-14
2017 Heiligers, J. and Ceriotti, M.
Orbital dynamics of an oscillating sail in the Earth-Moon system
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
4th International Symposium on Solar Sailing 2019-06-14
2016 Mike Walmsley, Jeannette Heiligers, Matteo Ceriotti, Colin McInnes
Optimal Trajectories for Planetary Pole-Sitter Missions
published pages: 2461-2468, ISSN: 0731-5090, DOI: 10.2514/1.G000465
Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics 39/10 2019-06-14
2016 Parrish, N.L., Parker, J.S., Hughes, S.P., and Heiligers, J.
Low-Thrust Transfers from Distant Retrograde Orbits to L2 Halo Orbits in the Earth-Moon System
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
6th International Conference on Astrodynamics Tools and Techniques 2019-06-14
2017 Heiligers, J., van den Oever, T., Ceriotti, M., Mulligan, P., and McInnes, C.R.
Continuous planetary polar observation from hybrid pole-sitters at Venus, Earth, and Mars
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
4th International Symposium on Solar Sailing 2019-06-14
2017 Vergaaij, M., and Heiligers, J.
Time-Optimal Solar Sail Heteroclinic Connections for an Earth-Mars Cycler
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
68th International Astronautical Congress 2019-06-14
2017 Jeannette Heiligers, Daniel Guerrant, Dale Lawrence
Exploring the Heliogyro’s Orbital Control Capabilities for Solar Sail Halo Orbits
published pages: 2569-2586, ISSN: 0731-5090, DOI: 10.2514/1.G002184
Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics 40/10 2019-06-14
2015 Heiligers, J., Macdonald, M., and Parker J.S.
Design and Applications of Solar Sail Periodic Orbits in the Non-Autonomous Earth-Moon System
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AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference 2019-06-14
2017 Heiligers, J. and Scheeres, D.J.
Solar Sail Orbital Motion Above Asteroids and Binary Asteroid Systems
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
27th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting 2019-06-14

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