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Solar Sails pp 81-90 | Cite as

Sails Versus Rockets

  • Giovanni Vulpetti
  • Les Johnson
  • Gregory L. Matloff

Rockets move spacecraft around in space from one destination to another. Solar sails also move spacecraft around in space from one destination to another. That is just about the only similarity between these two methods of spacecraft propulsion—commonality of function. Once you get to the next level and begin to describe how they work, their processes and support systems, and the mission-level requirements they each possess, the similarity ends—with a vengeance. In this chapter, characteristics peculiar to solar sails are in italics.

Keywords

Propulsion System Rocket Engine Solar Sail Rocket Propulsion Propellant Tank 
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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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