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Solar Sailing : Technology, Dynamics and Mission Applications - Colin Robert McInnes

Solar Sailing

Technology, Dynamics and Mission Applications

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Published: 20th February 2004
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Solar sailing offers the possibility of low-cost long-distance missions, impossible for any other type of conventional spacecraft. The book provides a detailed account of solar sailing, at a high technical level but in a way accessible to the scientifically informed layman. Solar sail orbital dynamics and solar radiation pressure form the foundations of the book, but the engineering design of solar sails is also considered, along with potential mission applications. This book introduces the subject and at the same time provides a technical reference source.

List of illustrations and tables
Foreword
Author's preface
Acknowledgements
Glossary of terms
Introduction to solar sailingp. 1
Solar radiation pressurep. 32
Solar sail designp. 56
Solar sail orbital dynamicsp. 112
Non-Keplerian orbitsp. 171
Mission application case studiesp. 229
Laser-driven light sailsp. 271
Indexp. 293
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ISBN: 9783540210627
ISBN-10: 3540210628
Series: Astronomy and Planetary Sciences
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 20th February 2004
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg Gmbh & Co. Kg
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 17.3  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.84