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Solar Sails

Image of the Day: Bill Nye's LightSail space craft with solar sail unfurled
Jun 15, 2015

One of the most intriguing space exploration projects in recent memory is currently flying around the Earth, and here’s a look at the LightSail solar sail craft in action.

Following 8 days of lost connectivity, experimental solar sail craft back online
Jun 1, 2015

One of the coolest science projects of the year has been floating around dead for eight days — but that experimental solar sail craft is back online. Let the science commence!

 

Bill Nye's LightSail project prepping test flight to prove viability of solar sails
May 8, 2015

The tech was first pitched almost 40 years ago, and now solar sails are finally getting a legit test flight to prove they can (or can’t) be a viable option for deep space transportation.

NASA looking at an older technology to lead humanity's charge into deep space
May 29, 2014

While we patiently wait for scientists to create a warp drive, NASA is looking at an older design concept that could lead future starships outside the solar system.