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NASA’s Next Solar Sail is About to Go to Space

Everyone knows that solar energy is free and almost limitless here on Earth. The same is true for spacecraft operating…

2 months ago

What a Swarm of Probes Can Teach Us About Proxima Centauri B

You've likely heard of the Breakthrough Starshot (BTS) initiative. BTS aims to send tiny gram-scale, light sail picospacecraft to our…

2 months ago

Photonic Crystals Could Be Exactly What Breakthrough Starshot is Looking For

Light sail technology is a fascinating concept and a step change in rocket propulsion.  It may not be big and…

6 months ago

Birds use Dynamic Soaring to Pick Up Velocity. We Could Use a Similar Trick to Go Interstellar

A new proposal for an interstellar mission shows how a solar sail could use the same technique birds do to…

1 year ago

Laser-Powered Sails Would be Great for Exploring the Solar System too

A new study from UCLA shows how laser-driven light sails could be a cost-effective method for exploring the Solar System…

2 years ago

If Launched by 2028, a Spacecraft Could Catch up With Oumuamua in 26 Years

A new study by the Institute of Interstellar Studies (i4is) shows that with the right maneuver, a spacecraft could catch…

2 years ago

Want the Fastest Solar Sail? Drop it Into the Sun First

A new study from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy shows how a "Sun Diver," a light sail that dives…

4 years ago

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

A new study compares two potential means of interstellar exploration, which could have implications for both space exploration and the…

5 years ago

Planetary Society’s Light Sail 2 is Set to Launch on a Falcon Heavy Rocket Next Month

The Planetary Society is going to launch their LightSail 2 CubeSat next month. LightSail 2 is a test mission designed…

5 years ago

Could ‘Oumuamua Be an Extraterrestrial Solar Sail?

A new study by researchers from the CfA offers a compelling explanation for 'Oumuamua strange appearance and behavior - could…

6 years ago