solar sails

Exploring the Solar System with Swarms of Microprobes

It's satisfying to sit back and take stock of all the places in the Solar System that we've explored. The…

4 weeks ago

Solar Sails Could Reach Mars in Just 26 Days

A recent study submitted to Acta Astronautica explores the potential for using aerographite solar sails for traveling to Mars and…

5 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

NASA Tests a Solar Sail Segment of its Enormous Solar Cruiser Mission

A team led by NASA Marshall was selected to build a technology demonstrator called the Solar Cruiser to mature solar…

1 year ago

How do you Keep a Solar Sail Stable?

Solar sailing seems like a simple concept - instead of being pushed along by the wind, as in a typical…

1 year ago

Using the Sun as a Gravitational Lens Would Let Us See Exoplanets With Incredible Resolution

Have you ever seen wispy arcs and rings in astronomical images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories?…

2 years ago

A new Kind of Solar Sail Could let us Explore Difficult Places to Reach in the Solar System

Solar sailing technology has been a dream of many for decades. The simple elegance of sailing on the light waves…

2 years ago

Forget About Interstellar Flights. Tiny Light Sails Could be Used to Explore the Solar System Today

Solar sails have been receiving a lot of attention lately.  In part that is due to a series of high…

3 years ago

A Cool Idea to Catch Up With an Interstellar Visitor

Poor, dim-witted humanity. We used to think we were the center of everything. That wasn't that long ago, and even…

4 years ago

LightSail 2 is Sending Home New Pictures of Earth

LightSail 2, the brainchild of The Planetary Society, has gifted us two new gorgeous images of Earth. The small spacecraft…

5 years ago