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Solar Sails

A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel

  • Giovanni Vulpetti
  • Les Johnson
  • Gregory L. Matloff

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Space Exploration book sub series (SPACEE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Space Engines: Past and Present

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 3-12
    3. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 13-21
    4. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 23-34
    5. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 35-44
    6. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 45-58
  3. Space Missions by Sail

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 61-66
    3. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 67-72
    4. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 73-81
    5. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 83-101
    6. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 103-109
  4. Construction of Sailcraft

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 113-126
    3. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 127-141
    4. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 143-153
    5. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 155-162
  5. Breakthroughs in Space

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 165-171
    3. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 173-178
    4. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 179-186
  6. Space Sailing: Some Technical Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 189-203
    3. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 205-221
    4. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 223-245
    5. Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff
      Pages 247-259
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 261-277

About this book

Introduction

The reality of sunlight-based sailing in space began in May 2010,  and solar sail technology and science have continued to evolve rapidly through new space missions. Using the power of the Sun's light for regular travel propulsion will be the next major leap forward in our journey to other worlds. This book is the second edition of the fascinating explanation of solar sails, how they work and how they will be used in the exploration of space. Updated with 35% new material, this second edition includes three new chapters on missions operated by Japan and the US, as well as projects that are in progress. The remainder of the book describes the heritage of exploration in water-borne sailing ships and the evolution to space-vehicle propulsion; as well as nuclear, solar-electric, nuclear-electric and antimatter rocket devices. It also discusses various sail systems that may use either sunlight or solar wind, and the design, fabrication and steering challenges associated with solar sails. The first edition was met with overwhelmingly positive reviews, and deemed “a title that needs to be on your shelf if you’re seriously interested in the next step as we move beyond rocketry" (Centauri Dreams, September 2008). Written with a mixed approach, this book appeals to both the general public as well as those with a more scientifically technical background.

Keywords

Alternative Propulsion IKAROS JAXA Japanese Space Missions Solar Energy Solar Sails Space Technology Space Travel Space Vehicle Propulsion

Authors and affiliations

  • Giovanni Vulpetti
    • 1
  • Les Johnson
    • 2
  • Gregory L. Matloff
    • 3
  1. 1.RomeItaly
  2. 2.MadisonUSA
  3. 3.BrooklynUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-0941-4
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4939-0940-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4939-0941-4
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