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Are fast radio bursts being used to propel solar sail starships? (science video).

June 6, 2021 | By | Reply More
Are fast radio bursts being used to propel solar sail starships? (science video).

The most furious of astronauts, the Angry Astronaut, tucks into the subject of the FRB sources that can’t be traced back to natural sources such as magnetars, and ponders whether they might be artificial boosters for a network of solar sail-driven craft?

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Oumuamua: Avi Loeb says it may have been an alien solar-sail visitor (audio).

January 28, 2021 | By | Reply More
Oumuamua: Avi Loeb says it may have been an alien solar-sail visitor (audio).

In this hour-long audio interview with the Planetary Society, Avi Loeb, the Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science at Harvard University, chats about why the first incoming object known to have originated outside our solar system might be a light-sail device – either a probe or a nav-buoy – built by an alien civilisation. […]

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Tacking to the worlds: inside the story of the solar sail (science article).

August 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
Tacking to the worlds: inside the story of the solar sail (science article).

Right now, there’s a solar sail the size of a boxing ring orbiting the Earth, put there by the Planetary Society. This fascinating article looks at the feat of engineering behind the project’s tech. https://singularityhub.com/2019/08/27/inside-the-story-of-lightsail-2-a-solar-sail-to-the-stars/ The best content off-world our SFcrowsnest.

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LightSail 2 goes a-solar-sailing (space news).

July 24, 2019 | By | Reply More
LightSail 2 goes a-solar-sailing (space news).

The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 spacecraft has now gone solar sailing. After a successful launch on June 25th 2019 from the Kennedy Space Center aboard SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, LightSail 2 was efficiently unpacked and unfurled for its full sail deployment attempt on Tuesday July 23rd 2019. The LightSail 2 is a crowdfunded spacecraft mission by […]

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