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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The second big challenge is the solar sail. While the concept has been around for decades, it wasn't successfully deployed until 2010, when Japan's Ikaros spacecraft tested a sail 14 meters (46 feet) square during its mission around the sun.