02 Oct '11, 4am

NASA to Put Largest Solar Sail into Space

NASA to Put Largest Solar Sail into Space

With the launch of IKAROS, Japan was the first country to experiment successfully with solar sail technology to be used in the interplanetary space. Realizing the immense potential of solar sail technology and its future application for a more economical power solutions, NASA has undertaken to take a few steps further for transforming space communication, deep space navigation and also in-space propulsion capabilities with the help of three projects to be implemented in tandem. Massive flares, during solar activity often cause disturbances and the energy thus releases can be used for increasing in-space propulsion capability. The massive solar energy released during the process can be harnessed using the solar sails and they would increase the efficiency of the spacecraft and at the same time also reduce the operating costs. For exploiting this huge potential and for techn...

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