Data clippers set sail to enhance future planetary missions
A new golden age of sailing may be about to begin - in space. Future missions to explore the outer planets could employ fleets of 'data-clippers', manoeuvrable spacecraft equipped with solar sails, to ship ...
Setting sail in the sun
Propelled by sunlight pressure, large lightweight sails made of ultrathin aluminum-coated plastic could one day take probes to the edge of our solar system and other stars.
Sailing Among the Stars
(PhysOrg.com) -- NASA launch will evaluate how a nanosatellite spacecraft and its payload performs.
Scots engineers prove space pioneer's 25-year-old theory
When American space pioneer, Dr Robert L Forward, proposed in 1984 a way of greatly improving satellite telecommunications using a new family of orbits, some claimed it was impossible.
IKAROS unfurls first ever solar sail in space
Japan to launch 'space yacht' propelled by solar particles (Update)
Japan is to launch a "space yacht" propelled by solar particles that bounce off its kite-shaped sails, the country's space agency said Tuesday.
A mission to clear dangerous debris from space (w/ Video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- New UK technology is set to play a major part in clearing dangerous clouds of debris hurtling around the Earth's lower orbit.
Planetary Society plans new 'solar sail'
(AP) -- Four years after its first solar sail ended up in the ocean instead of orbit, The Planetary Society announced Monday that by the end of 2010 it will try again to launch a spacecraft that will be propelled by the ...
Ancient Flying Pterosaur Also Sailed Seas (w/ Video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- Tapejara was an excellent flyer that also had an innate nautical knowledge of sailing.
Design tool for materials with a memory
Shape memory alloys can "remember" a condition. If they are deformed, a temperature change can be enough to bring them back to their original shape. A simulation calculates the characteristics of these materials.
Famous sloop 'Clearwater' will carry environmental sensor, sending data to Stevens' maritime lab
Later this week, researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology will equip the sloop Clearwater with instrumentation that will provide real-time transmission of position, time, surface water temperature, salinity, and dissolved ...
Ancient trading raft sails anew
(PhysOrg.com) -- For the first time in nearly 500 years, a full-size balsa-wood raft just like those used in pre-Columbian Pacific trade took to the water on Sunday, May 10. Only this time, instead of the ...