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Solar Sails

Solar Sails

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Name : RAMAKANTH.KUSN :1SG05EE041 Department Of Electrical EngineeringSapthagiri College Of Engineering
 
Introduction
A solar sail is a spacecraft without anengine - it is pushed along directly bylight particles from the Sun, reflecting off giant mirror-like sails. Because it carriesno fuel and keeps accelerating over almostunlimited distances, it is the only technologynow in existence.
 
What is a solar sail?
A solar sail, simply put, is a spacecraftpropelled by sunlight. Whereas aconventional rocket is propelled by thethrust produced by its internal engine burn,a solar sail is pushed forward simply by lightfrom the Sun. This is possible because lightis made up of packets of energy known as“photons”, that act like atomic particles, but with more energy.

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