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Fast Solar Sailing

by Vulpetti, Giovanni.
Authors: SpringerLink (Online service) Series: Space Technology Library ; . 30 Physical details: XXIX, 407 p. 102 illus., 4 illus. in color. online resource. ISBN: 9400747772 Subject(s): Engineering. | Astrophysics. | Astronautics. | Engineering. | Aerospace Technology and Astronautics. | Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences. | Numerical and Computational Physics.
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Part I A Review of Rocket Spacecraft Trajectories -- 1 Some General Rocket Features -- Part II Sailing in Space Environment -- 2 The Sun as Power Source for Spaceflight -- 3 Sailcraft Concepts -- 4 Solar Sails in Interplanetary Environment -- Part III Sailcraft Trajectories -- 5 Fundamentals of Sailcraft Trajectory -- 6 Modeling Light-Induced Thrust -- 7 The Theory of Fast Solar Sailing -- Part IV Advanced Aspects -- 8 Approach to SPS Trajectory Optimization -- 9 Advanced Features in Solar-Photon Sailing -- References -- Index.

The range of solar sailing is very vast; it is a fully in-space means of propellantless propulsion that should allow us to accomplish various mission classes that are unviable using near or medium-term rocket propulsion, no matter if nuclear or electric. Fast and very fast solar sailings are special classes of sailcraft missions, initially developed only in the first half of the 1990s and still evolving, especially after the latest advances in nanotechnology.   This book describes how to plan, compute and optimize the trajectories of sailcraft with speeds considerably higher than the Earth’s orbital speed (30 km/s); such sailcraft would be able to explore the outer heliosphere, the near interstellar medium and the solar gravitational lens (550-800 astronomical units) in times significantly shorter than the span of an average career (~ 35 years), just to cite a few examples. The scientific interest in this type of exploration is huge.

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