Modeling Thrust from Electromagnetic Radiation Pressure
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.
KeywordsOrbital Angular Momentum Total Solar Irradiance Solar Sail Lightness Vector Reflective Layer
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