News tagged with solar sailing

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 love the idea of ...

dateJan 20, 2014 in Space Exploration
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Sailing satellites into safe retirement

When satellites reach the end of their working lives, they may pose a threat to other spacecraft as they continue to orbit in a dormant state for many decades. But now a new way to deorbit ageing satellites in a safe manner ...

dateDec 23, 2013 in Space Exploration
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Snap-proof space tether

( —Space tethers hold intriguing potential for satellite manoeuvring, attitude control and even power generation. But about half of all orbital tether tests have either failed to deploy or snapped, probably due ...

dateApr 02, 2013 in Space Exploration
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