If you want to make a solar sail
it's very important that the materials you use are very light,' said Vera Janssen, a PhD student involved in the GrapheneX project.
A solar sail
uses photons, or energy from the sun to propel a spacecraft.
CubeSail--another 3-unit CubeSat will deploy a 4 x 4 meter solar sail
to demonstrate solar sailing (launch end of 2014).
After a solar sail
is deployed, each successive orbit could boost the CubeSat into an ever-widening spiral trajectory that would ultimately achieve escape velocity.
science mission applications and advancement.
A third part of the program will see about 10 double or triple CubeSats used for In-Orbit Demonstration (IOD) of technologies including miniature sensors and the Gossamer-1 solar sail
This could be done with a high yield nuclear weapon, or deploy a solar sail
on the surface of such a body.
Just like wind pushing a ship's sails, particles of light called photons streaming from the sun bounce off the solar sail
to create forward-moving thrust.
Stable stalwart Intyre Trail was given a very strong ride by Ronan Whelan to see off late challengers Aragorn Icon and Solar Sail
by three-quarters of a length.
And champion Gary Carroll re-established a lead in the race for the apprentice championship when Solar Sail
bolted up in the finale, his 33rd win of the season.
Launched in May, Ikaros has become the first solar sail
to be fully propelled by sunlight.
It hopes to deploy a solar sail
that would connect to a piece of space debris, unfurl itself and then drag the object into the atmosphere where it would burn up.