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Solar Sails pp 65-71 | Cite as

Principles of Space Sailing

  • Giovanni Vulpetti
  • Les Johnson
  • Gregory L. Matloff

The romantic-sounding term solar sail evokes an image of a majestic vessel (similar to the great sailing ships of the 18th century) cruising the depths of interplanetary space (Fig. 6.1). In a very literal sense, this imagery is very close to the anticipated reality of solar sails. Very large and diaphanous sail-propelled ships will traverse our solar system and perhaps, one day in the future, voyage to another star. From what will these ships be made and how will they work?

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Solar Wind Solar System Solar Sail Plasma Bubble Rubber Ball 
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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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