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Solar Sails pp 179-186 | Cite as

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  • Giovanni Vulpetti
  • Les Johnson
  • Gregory L. Matloff
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Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Abstract

As these words are composed in 2014, we are in the initial phase of solar-photon-sail operational application. Probably, a good historical analog is the status of the chemical rocket in late 1957. As was then the case with Sputnik 1 and 2 in their relation to the chemical rocket, the utility of small solar sails has been demonstrated by the successful operation of NASA NanoSail-D2 in low Earth orbit, and JAXA IKAROS in interplanetary space.

Keywords

Linear Momentum Solar Radiation Pressure Solar Sail Solar Orbit Universal Gravitational 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015

Authors and Affiliations

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

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