propelling a spacecraft via a solar sail n.
There’s another very clever device for using the sun’s energy…and that’s the use of solar sailing.
Solar sailing is based on the use of the pressure of sunlight (photons) reflected by a large thin sail in much the same way that sailboats use the wind.
Solar sailing, the use of the pressure of sunlight and of the protons and electrons in the solar wind for tripping through the solar system.
We can expect developments in chemical rockets, and we can expect ion propulsion and perhaps solar sailing and nuclear to help out on the long hauls.
Natasha’s smile persisted as she thought of all the attempts she had made to explain solar sailing to audiences of potential backers and the merely curious on Earth.
Last modified 2021-04-02 12:28:21
In the compilation of some entries, HDSF has drawn extensively on corresponding entries in OED.