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Solar Sails pp 149-157 | Cite as

Progress to Date

  • Giovanni Vulpetti
  • Les Johnson
  • Gregory L. Matloff

At this point in its development, the solar sail can be characterized as fairly late in its theoretical phase and fairly early in its developmental phase. It is probably equivalent to the chemical rocket in 1930, the automobile in 1900, and the heavier-than-air aircraft in 1910.

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Propulsion System Private Organization Plastic Substrate Solar Sail Centrifugal Acceleration 
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© Praxis Publishing, Ltd 2009

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

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