Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Astro Yacht

Space yacht powered by solar waves finally sets sail/ Dailymail
The device has a square, ultra-thin and flexible sail measuring 14m by 14m that is driven through space as it is pelted by solar particles
Read more: dailymail.co.uk

Mini-camera pictures Japan's Ikaros solar sail / BBC News

The sail has an area of about 200 square metres

(1) For the deployment, the disc-shaped Ikaros spacecraft was first spun up
(2) The four weighted corners of the sail were then released and flew outwards
(3) Finally, the packed sail membrane was liberated and pulled flat by the rotating tips
Article b news.bbc.co.uk