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Solar Sails

A Novel Approach To Interplanetary Travel

  • Giovanni Vulpetti
  • Les Johnson
  • Gregory L. Matloff
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Space Engines Past and Present

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 3-12
    3. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 13-22
    4. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 23-34
    5. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 35-46
    6. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 47-62
  3. Space Missions by Sail

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 65-71
    3. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 73-79
    4. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 81-90
    5. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 91-110
    6. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 111-118
  4. Construction of Sailcraf

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 121-134
    3. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 135-148
    4. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 149-157
    5. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 159-166
  5. Space Sailing: Some Technical Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 169-184
    3. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 185-197
    4. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 199-224
    5. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 225-235
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 237-253

About this book

Introduction

Solar sailing is a topic of growing popular and media interest. Solar sail propulsion will make space exploration more affordable and offer access to destinations within (and beyond) the solar system that are currently beyond our reach. This book describes solar sails, how they work and what they will be used for in the exploration of space in an easily readable manner which does not necessitate any prior knowledge of physics or solar sailing. It discusses current plans for solar sails and also describes how advanced technology, such as nanotechnology, might enhance solar-sail performance. Much has been accomplished recently to make solar sail technology very close to becoming an engineering reality and it will soon be used by the world’s space agencies in the exploration of the solar system and beyond.

The book has four parts, each with multiple chapters which, in turn, contain some references and suggested further reading. Parts 1 - 3 are non-mathematical, while Part 4 contains more detailed technical information.

Keywords

alternative propulsion reaching the stars space technology space travel star stellar technology

Authors and affiliations

  • Giovanni Vulpetti
    • 1
  • Les Johnson
    • 2
  • Gregory L. Matloff
    • 3
  1. 1.International Academy of AstronauticsParisFrance
  2. 2.NASA Marshall Space Flight CenterHuntsvilleUSA
  3. 3.New York City college of TechnologyBrooklynUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-68500-7
  • Copyright Information Springer New York 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-34404-1
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-68500-7
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