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Questions regarding a 'sail' that can be attached to spacecraft to harness the sun's radiation to propel a ship in one direction or another.

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Where will the DSCOVR mission Falcon 9 2nd stage rocket body end up?

This answer to Why would a mission to Sun-Earth L1 have an instantaneous launch window? suggests that this was quite a delta-v-intensive launch. It left the F9 2nd stage in a very high 17 day orbit ...
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Using a solar sail to concentrate sunlight at large distances

Space probes which travel to the outer planets usually use RTGs to provide power as photovoltaic cells are impractical at those distances from the Sun. Solar sail could be used to first propel the ...
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Has propulsion utilizing solar sail / drag effects of solar panels achieved orbital rendezvous? If yes, is there any utility for clearing space junk?

It has been proposed to use solar panels as solar sails and drag control by alternately feathering panels during different phases of orbit. It is claimed this can alter light pressure and drag enough ...
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NASA’s NIAC has awarded phase III funding for Diffractive Solar Sails. Demonstration mission in the works?

Diffractive lightsails use small gratings embedded in thin films to produce diffraction (which causes light to spread out when it passes through a narrow opening). Diffractive light sails are a ...
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What is the optimal planetary sunshade arrangement?

To cool a planet down, one may place a sunshade between the planet and the Sun. On its own, this is not stable due to radiation pressure, so a simple scheme like a big circular piece of aluminium foil ...
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Solar sail for a 3U cubesat: do we have to buy one or can we design one?

We are working on a conceptual design for a 3U CubeSat with solar sail propulsion; we aren’t actually building one or buying one. However we still need to make decisions like whether to build our own ...
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Can impact lift produce greater than 1 lift to drag ratio?

At orbital velocity in low circular Earth's orbit, at an altitude where mean free path exceeds cross sectional area of a craft or wing. therefore aerodynamic lift becomes impossible (Consider ...
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Is there a solar sail design that can deploy and retract at will?

I know a mission to Venus was conducted using a solar sail -- however, once unfurled using rotation kinetic energy, it could not be retracted. Would retracting a solar sail cause uncontrollable ...
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Solar Sail mission

Sorry for my English. I'm not native speaker I would like your advice in solar sail mission simulation. The purpose is to compare results with results in Wolfram Mathematica. We have CubeSat with ...
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