Space.com: Promising New Space Engines are Opening the Solar System
ESA video on advanced propulsion: "Electric ion engines; plasma drives, slingshot-style gravitational-assist maneuvers; ultra-light super-strong solar sails and other innovations are driving exploration forward beyond reliance on chemical rockets." --Ben 12:00, 27 May 2009 (UTC)
The Atlantic: Across the Universe
An article about The Planetary Society's efforts to fly another solar sail demonstration mission - Cosmos 2. Their previous attempt, Cosmos 1, suffered a launch vehicle failure. --User:Ben 12:00, 5 May 2009 (UTC)
Solar Sail Update: New Opportunities
Update on The Planetary Society's solar sail activities. From Space Travel. Also see: The Planetary Society --User:Ben 12:00, 3 April 2009 (UTC)
Review of Solar Sails: A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel
Review of the book posted on The Space Review. SolarSailWiki article: Solar Sails: A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel --User:Ben 12:00, 6 October 2008 (UTC)
MESSENGER to flyby Mercury 2nd time October 6th
MESSENGER Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab page. MESSENGER used solar pressure to correct the trajectory without using propellant. The multimedia page shows how solar sailing reduced the flyby target size. --User:Ben 12:00, 1 October 2008 (UTC)
MESSENGER Sails on Sun's Fire for Second Flyby of Mercury
Older 2008 News
August 25, 2008
- Universe Today: How to Save the World From Asteroid Impact: Plastic Wrap - First prize winner of the Move an Asteroid competition, Australian PhD student Mary D'Souza, proposes wrapping an asteroid with reflective film to deflect its orbit with solar radiation pressure.
August 2, 2008
- NanoSail-D launch was lost Kimbal Musk's blog
July 31, 2008
June 27, 2008
- The NanoSail-D mission is to be launched on or about July 29th, 2008.
June 23, 2008
March 18, 2008
- Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, 1917-2008 passes away. Please share your thoughts on the discussion page.