Solar Sailing: Technology Dynamics and Mission Applications

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By Colin R. McInnes. Springer-Verlag, London, ISBN 1-85233-102-X, 1999. 296 pages.[1]

This is a very comprehensive book on all aspects of solar sailing. The first chapter is a borad summary discussing principles, history, practicality, applications, and future direction. The following chapters go into great depth - both in discussion and mathematics - on light pressure, design (including many historical designs) and steering, orbital mechanics, "non-Keplerian" orbits, mission case studies, and laser-driven sails. Look at the table of contents and cover for a preview:


  1. McInnes, Colin R. Solar Sailing. Springer-Praxis, Chichester, UK, 1999. BibTeX [McInnes1999]
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