solar sail(redirected from Photon sails)
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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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(Aeronautics) a device that reflects light particles from the sun, gaining momentum in the opposite direction to propel spacecraft forwards
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