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.
Could solar wind power Earth?
Ancient Flying Pterosaur Also Sailed Seas (w/ Video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- Tapejara was an excellent flyer that also had an innate nautical knowledge of sailing.
IKAROS unfurls first ever solar sail in space
Optical lifting demonstrated for the first time (w/ Video)
Privately funded solar spacecraft to launch in 2016
A tiny spacecraft designed to sail by the power of the sun is scheduled to launch atop a SpaceX rocket in 2016, a leading US space enthusiast said Wednesday.
NASA and partners to send test solar sail craft into space next year
Team uses fractal geometry to build lighter structures
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 ...
NanoSail-D satellite continues to slowly de-orbit Earth's upper atmosphere
(PhysOrg.com) -- NASA's nanosatellite NanoSail-D is slowly descending after successfully orbiting the Earth's upper atmosphere for 95 days since deploying its 100-square-foot sail on Jan. 20. The small satellite ...
First-ever solar sail a 'momentous achievement'
In an unexpected reversal of fortune, NASA's NanoSail-D spacecraft has unfurled a gleaming sheet of space-age fabric 650 km above Earth, becoming the first-ever solar sail to circle our planet.
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.
NASA ejects nanosatellite from microsatellite in space
(PhysOrg.com) -- On Dec. 6 at 1:31 a.m. EST, NASA for the first time successfully ejected a nanosatellite from a free-flying microsatellite. NanoSail-D ejected from the Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology ...
What is a solar sail?
I'm Fraser Cain, and I'm a sailor. Well, okay, I've got a sailboat that I take out on the water when its warm and the weather's nice here on Vancouver Island. I think it's one of the reasons I absolutely ...