Open Source Solar Sail

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- A sail that reflects particles and light, when pointed the right way it can be propelled like a wind sail

- Uses either solar wind, or a laser array

- Are Extremely Light

- Also in Theory has it has Powerless operation (outside of manuevering)

- Loses power the farther it is from a star or laser array

- May also run into problems with dust/micrometorites, especilly if going at a high speed

Used For

- Open Source Spacecraft Construction Set

Industry Standards


Existing Open Source Designs


Minimum Viable Product

- Extremely Light

- As durable as possible

- As reflective as possible

- Maybe electrostatic cleaning/de-dusting

- Possibly an integrated antenna

Basic Design




See Also


Useful Links

- Wikipedia Page on Solar Sails