Solar Sails [electronic resource] : A Novel Approach To Interplanetary Travel / by Giovanni Vulpetti, Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff.Material type: TextLanguage: English Publisher: New York, NY : Springer New York, 2008Description: online resourceContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780387685007Subject(s): Engineering | Astronomy | Astrophysics | Mathematics | Astronautics | Engineering | Aerospace Technology and Astronautics | Popular Science in Mathematics/Computer Science/Natural Science/Technology | Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences | Astronomy, Astrophysics and CosmologyAdditional physical formats: Printed edition:: No titleDDC classification: 629.1 LOC classification: TL787-4050.22Online resources: Click here to access online
Space Engines Past and Present -- An Historical Introduction to Space Propulsion -- The Rocket: How It Works in Space -- Rocket Problems and Limitations -- Non-Rocket In-Space Propulsion -- The Solar-Sail Option: From the Oceans to Space -- Space Missions by Sail -- Principles of Space Sailing -- What Is a Space Sailcraft? -- Sails Versus Rockets -- Exploring and Developing Space by Sailcraft -- Riding a Beam of Light -- Construction of Sailcraf -- Designing a Solar Sail -- Building a Sailcraft -- Progress to Date -- Future Plans -- Space Sailing: Some Technical Aspects -- Space Sources of Light -- Modeling Thrust from Electromagnetic Radiation Pressure -- Sailcraft Trajectories -- Sails in the Space Environment.
Solar sailing is a topic of growing popular and media interest. Solar sail propulsion will make space exploration more affordable and offer access to destinations within (and beyond) the solar system that are currently beyond our reach. This book describes solar sails, how they work and what they will be used for in the exploration of space in an easily readable manner which does not necessitate any prior knowledge of physics or solar sailing. It discusses current plans for solar sails and also describes how advanced technology, such as nanotechnology, might enhance solar-sail performance. Much has been accomplished recently to make solar sail technology very close to becoming an engineering reality and it will soon be used by the world’s space agencies in the exploration of the solar system and beyond. The book has four parts, each with multiple chapters which, in turn, contain some references and suggested further reading. Parts 1 - 3 are non-mathematical, while Part 4 contains more detailed technical information.