The Theory of Fast Solar Sailing

  • Giovanni Vulpetti
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Part of the Space Technology Library book series (SPTL, volume 30)

Abstract

To combine solar gravity and solar radiation pressure efficiently. This chapter is devoted to study the way a sailcraft can achieve so high a cruise speed that the related mission types may allow the exploration of the heliosphere and well beyond in a time interval shorter than the mean human job time, including the design phase. Four main sections and various subsections are devoted to such an aim. Some concepts discussed in Chap.  5 are extended; they use a different view of sailcraft trajectory: the orbital angular momentum reversal via solar radiation pressure. In Chap.  6, how solar irradiance can result in thrust has been detailed. May one utilize both thrust and solar gravity in order to notably increase sailcraft speed, hopefully well higher than the speed obtainable by spiraling about the Sun? The theory of fast sailing is explained for two-dimensional as well as three-dimensional trajectories. The second set is not a mere extension of the first one. Theory relies on some meaningful theorems and propositions. Many numerical cases are discussed with full particulars.

Keywords

Orbital Angular Momentum Motion Reversal Solar Sailing Lightness Vector Attitude Maneuver 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giovanni Vulpetti
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  1. 1.International Academy of Astronautics—Paris, FranceRomeItaly

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