News tagged with solar sailing

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.

dateSep 03, 2010 in Space Exploration
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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.

dateJul 13, 2009 in Engineering
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