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Solar Sailing

Technology, Dynamics and Mission Applications

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  • © 2004


  • The first comprehensive account of solar sailing
  • Ideal as an introduction, but treats the subject at a high technical level
  • Emphasis on solar sail orbital dynamics and solar radiation pressure
  • Solar sailing represents one of the few possibilities for travel to the nearby stars in a lifetime

Part of the book series: Springer Praxis Books (PRAXIS)

Part of the book sub series: Astronomy and Planetary Sciences (ASTRONOMY)

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  • Laser-driven light sails
  • Solar radiation pressure
  • Solar sail design
  • Solar sail orbital dynamics

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.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Glasgow University Dept. Aerospace Engineering, Glasgow, United Kingdom

    Colin R. McInnes

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Solar Sailing

  • Book Subtitle: Technology, Dynamics and Mission Applications

  • Authors: Colin R. McInnes

  • Series Title: Springer Praxis Books

  • Publisher: Springer Berlin, Heidelberg

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-540-21062-7Published: 20 February 2004

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXIX, 296

  • Additional Information: Jointly published with Praxis Publishing, UK

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