Space Sailing

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By Jerome Wright. Gordon and Breach Science Publishers, 1992. Library of Congress call number: TL783.9.W75 1992. ISBN 2-88124-803-9 (hardcover) and ISBN 2-88124-842-X (softcover). [1]

Space Sailing was written by Jerome Wright to publish details of the JPL Halley rendezvous study from the 1970s, as well as his own continuing work. The book discusses a rich variety of solar sail configurations, applications, and considerations to be taken in their design. Some of the topics discussed are:

  • Uses for a sail at every body in the solar system (and beyond)
  • Numerous possible sailing vessel designs
  • Details of the fabrication and deployment of sail films
  • Support structure construction
  • Considerations for solar sail operation in a variety of circumstances
  • Laser (and microwave) propelled solar sails for interstellar travel

See Space Sailing (2) for the book by Dorothy M. Souza.


  1. Wright, Jerome L. Space Sailing. Gordon and Breach Science Publishers, 1992. BibTeX [Wright1992]
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