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Solar Sails pp 185-197 | Cite as

Modeling Thrust from Electromagnetic Radiation Pressure

  • Giovanni Vulpetti
  • Les Johnson
  • Gregory L. Matloff

In Chapter 15, we saw what type of light the Sun and Earth cast into space, each body with its own characteristics. In particular, we emphasized that 30 years of high-precision measurements from satellites have revealed that the total solar irradiance fluctuates, and which parts of its spectrum can affect a solar sail significantly. In practice, the wavelength range from 50 nanometers to 20 microns contains all solar energy flux in which we are interested.

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Orbital Angular Momentum Total Solar Irradiance Solar Sail Lightness Vector Reflective Layer 
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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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