Solar Sails

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Solar Sails

Post by smccann » Sun May 10, 2015 7:52 pm

An idea that's over a half century old, but still has people working on it. From a business standpoint, the no cost in fuel is quite appealing. But I wonder if the long acceleration time and limited payload are deal breakers. It could certainly make for a cheaper way to explore asteroids for future missions.

http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/2052 ... world-test