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.
Optical lifting demonstrated for the first time (w/ Video)
Could solar wind power Earth?
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.
Space sailing soon: A one-kilometer-long electric sail tether produced
The electric sail (ESAIL), invented by Dr. Pekka Janhunen at the Finnish Kumpula Space Centre in 2006, produces propulsion power for a spacecraft by utilizing the solar wind. The sail features electrically ...
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.
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 ...
NASA and partners to send test solar sail craft into space next year
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 ...
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.
EU project to build Electric Solar Wind Sail
The European union has selected the Finnish Meteorological Institute to lead an international space effort whose goal is to build the largest and fastest man-made device.
Team uses fractal geometry to build lighter structures
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.
Sailing Among the Stars
(PhysOrg.com) -- NASA launch will evaluate how a nanosatellite spacecraft and its payload performs.