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What is the Best Way to Sail From World to World? Electric Sails or Solar Sails?

November 14, 2019

In the past decade, thousands of planets have been discovered beyond our Solar System. This has had the…
Can We Use Special Sails To Bring Old Satellites Back Down To Earth?

July 11, 2019

The growing problem of space debris in LEO (Low-Earth Orbit) is garnering more and more attention. With thousands…
LightSail 2 Mission is Going Strong and Sending Mission Info Home!

July 10, 2019

On June 25th, 2019, The Planetary Society‘s cubesat spacecraft known as LightSail 2 lifted off from the NASA…
Next step in solar sailing – LightSail 2 project will be aboard Space X scheduled June launch

June 5, 2019

A small satellite that will attempt the first controlled solar sailing in Earth orbit is a go for…
Planetary Society’s Light Sail 2 is Set to Launch on a Falcon Heavy Rocket Next Month

May 22, 2019

The Planetary Society is going to launch their LightSail 2 CubeSat next month. LightSail 2 is a test…
Caltech Researchers Demonstrate a Theoretical way of Propelling Objects to High Speeds using only Light

March 20, 2019

In a paper appearing online in the 18 March issue of the journal Nature Photonics, researchers from Caltech…
Exactly How We Would Send our First Laser-Powered Probe to Alpha Centauri

December 14, 2018

The dream of traveling to another star system, and maybe even finding populated worlds there, is one that…
Breakthrough Starshot is Now Looking for the Companies to Build its Laser-Powered Solar Sails to Other Stars

June 8, 2018

In 2015, Russian billionaire Yuri Milner established Breakthrough Initiatives, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the search for…
How long would it take to reach a stationary orbit around nearest stars?

May 3, 2017

Nobody doubts: getting there physically would be much more interesting than observing stars and exoplanets through distant observations.…
NASA Begins Testing of Revolutionary E-Sail Technology

April 12, 2016

Testing has started at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, on a concept for a potentially…
Hunting LightSail in Orbit

May 21, 2015

The hunt is on in the satellite tracking community, as the U.S. Air Force’s super-secret X-37B space plane…
NASA’s CubeSat Initiative Aids in Testing of Technology for Solar Sails in Space

May 21, 2015

With help from NASA, a small research satellite to test technology for in-space solar propulsion launched into space…
Electric Solar Wind Sail Could Dramatically Reduce Costs of Missions to Mars

April 28, 2015

According to Janhunen et. al. (2015), the Electric Solar Wind Sail (or E-sail) – a novel propellantless technology…
The Planetary Society’s Solar Sail Will Hitch a Ride to Space on a Falcon Heavy

July 10, 2014

In a live webcast, The Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye announced that its long-awaited LightSail solar sail mission…
What Is A Solar Sail?

January 21, 2014

I’m Fraser Cain, and I’m a sailor. Well, okay, I’ve got a sailboat that I take out on…
Sailing satellites into safe retirement

December 23, 2013

When satellites reach the end of their working lives, they may pose a threat to other spacecraft as…
To The Moon! Crowdfunded Solar Sail Shoots For Lunar Launch

October 16, 2013

It’s a tiny satellite with ambitious goals: to zip all the way from the Earth to the Moon…
World’s Largest Solar Sail, Sunjammer, Completes Successful Test

October 3, 2013

NASA officials, team partners, and local students were on hand to witness a key milestone for the Sunjammer…
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