Solar Sailing

Technology, Dynamics and Mission Applications

  • Colin Robert McInnes

Part of the Astronomy and Planetary Sciences book series (PRAXIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 293-296

About this book


Solar sailing offers the possibility of low-cost long-distance missions, impossible for any other type of conventional spacecraft. The book provides a detailed account of solar sailing, at a high technical level but in a way accessible to the scientifically informed layman. Solar sail orbital dynamics and solar radiation pressure form the foundations of the book, but the engineering design of solar sails is also considered, along with potential mission applications. This book introduces the subject and at the same time provides a technical reference source.


dynamics radiation solar solar radiation

Authors and affiliations

  • Colin Robert McInnes
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  1. 1.Department of Aerospace EngineeringUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowScotland

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