A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel
Much has been accomplished recently to make solar sail technology very close to becoming an engineering reality and it will soon be used by the world’s space agencies in the exploration of the solar system and beyond. This book provides an accessible introduction to solar sails. It details how they work and what they will be used for in the exploration of space as well as current plans for solar sails and how advanced technology, such as nanotechnology, might enhance their performance. Coverage shows how solar sail propulsion will make space exploration more affordable and demonstrates how access to destinations within (and beyond) the solar system will become within reach. The book also details the construction of current and future sailcraft, including the work of both government and private space organizations and features images of sail hardware that has been built, tested and, in some cases, flown.
262 pages; ISBN 9780387685007
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Title: Solar Sails
Author: Giovanni Vulpetti; Les Johnson; Gregory Matloff