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NASA solar sail lost in space

By / December 14, 2010

NASA’s first solar sail was scheduled to be released into orbit last week, but the space agency reports that it is unable to make contact. NASA cannot determine if the parent satellite that carried it actually ejected it into space. Sadly, all contact with NanoSail-D has been lost. NASA hopes to use the sail to…

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Solar sail uses smart glass to steer through cosmos

By / July 27, 2010

Artist’s conception of solar sail. (Credit: JAXA.) Japan has successfully deployed a solar sail on a spacecraft, demonstrating for the first time that such technology can be used to convert the sun’s energy to the power needed to move a vessel in the cosmos. As an added feature, the IKAROS spacecraft uses LCD technology to…

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