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  1. #1 Solar sail 
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    Hi
    Im new here, and first i want to apologize for my bad english. I would like to start now discusion with topic : SOLAR SAIL.. Comments and thoughts about this technology, usefull links, news about it and so... Im writting a kind of research paper on this topic and any kind of suggestion, proposition will be useful... Thanks


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    Welcome to the forum Mozart. It sounds like an interesting project.

    Have you done any preliminary work on this? Perhaps you have already turned up some useful links. All I have are the obvious ones that would turn up with a simple google search.

    This one has a reasonable entry level introduction, with a small bibliography.
    http://www.solarsails.info/

    A rich resource within that bibliogrpahy is a NASA site, with 380 abstracts and (apparently) full papers that refer, at least in part, to solar sails.
    http://ntrs.nasa.gov/index.cgi?metho...=solar+sail%2A

    As always wikipedia is a good starting point:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_sail

    They note that the idea was first proposed by the astronomer Johannes Kepler in the seventeenth century. There is a good set of further links.

    Let us know how your project develops.


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    Im glad that someone is interested about this topic. Im have just started project and i made a kind of concept. Links that you send are very usefull, thanks. I hope that I will finish next week first part: history, ideology ...If someone is interested to help with project, i will be glad to share it and cooperate with someone...
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    www.palnetory.org

    This is the website of the palnetary society founded by Carl sagan. They alunched a solar sail in 2005 but it crashed north of Russia before it could be deployed in orbit. I think it will be a great addition to your paper.
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    oops I spelt the link above wrong:

    http://www.planetory.org

    Sorry.
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    What is Solar Sailing?
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    The links presented in my earlier post should provide the answer, unless I have misunderstood the question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The P-manator
    What is Solar Sailing?

    "Wind surfing in a vacuum"

    It is using the force/mechanism (called solar wind) to power a large sail tied to a craft, - This 'wind' is the one that keeps a comet tail pointing away from the sun.

    It's also a one-way ticket to the edge of the solar system. (although there is speculation you could 'ditch' the sail and return by gravity) allowing samples to be collected.
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