solar sail

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solar sail

n.
A saillike device made of lightweight reflective material, attached to a spacecraft to harness the radiation pressure of the sun's light and solar wind for propulsion. Also called light sail.
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solar sail

n
(Aeronautics) a device that reflects light particles from the sun, gaining momentum in the opposite direction to propel spacecraft forwards
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voile solaire
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Several non-Keplerian orbits for Earth remote sensing, especially for polar areas, have been investigated for solar photon sails and electric propulsion, including figure eight-shaped nightside orbits, polar sitter orbits, and non-Keplerian Molniya-type trajectories [18].
Unlike most photon sails, the E-sail thrust can be throttled at will between zero and some maximum by controlling the power of the electron gun.
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