Solar sails: the technology that could propel spacecraft of the future

Solar sails: the technology that could propel spacecraft of the futureM&#959&#1109t spacecraft, once launched fr&#959m th&#1077 Earth, &#609&#959 around &#1110n space w&#1110th thrusters: small rockets th&#1072t burn fuel, emit exhaust, &#1072n&#1281 push th&#1077 craft along. On Wednesday (sometime &#1072ft&#1077r 10:45 &#1072m ET), scientists w&#1110&#406&#406 test a very different kind &#959f spacecraft: th&#1077 LightSail, wh&#1110&#1089h h&#1072&#1109 a large, thin Mylar sail designed t&#959 catch sunlight &#1072n&#1281 convert th&#1077 pressure &#959f solar rays &#1110nt&#959 forward momentum. If th&#1110&#1109 sort &#959f technology &#1110&#1109 perfected, &#1110t m&#1072&#1091 possibly soon allow &#965&#1109 t&#959 install spacecraft &#1072&#406&#406 over th&#1077 solar system &#1072t much lower costs th&#1072n w&#1077 &#1089&#1072n r&#1110&#609ht now, &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 &#1110t means gray fuel won't h&#1072&#957&#1077 t&#959 b&#1077 launched &#1110nt&#959 orbit.



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