Solar sail

07.14.10
IKAROS gets first burst of solar propulsion, wants more
07.14.10

IKAROS gets first burst of solar propulsion, wants more

Photons, man, it's all about the photons. Japan's solar sail-equipped IKAROS probe has recorded its...

By Vlad Savov,   07.14.10
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06.13.10
IKAROS successfully stretches wings, prepares for solar spaceflight
06.13.10

IKAROS successfully stretches wings, prepares for solar spaceflight

Though it may look like a collection of tinfoil and string, the photo above depicts what may be the...

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03.29.10
CubeSail parachute to drag old satellites from orbit, keep atmospheric roads clear
03.29.10

CubeSail parachute to drag old satellites from orbit, keep atmospheric roads clear

It's not something laypeople think about very often (space debris, for those wondering), but it's c...

By D. Murph,   03.29.10
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07.04.08
New solar sail aims to not repeat recent history
07.04.08

New solar sail aims to not repeat recent history

Attempts to launch a solar sail into space haven't exactly been met with success in the past, but NA...

By D. Melanson,   07.04.08
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