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To: green iguana

http://www.ugcs.caltech.edu/~diedrich/solarsails/intro/tacking.html


3 posted on 11/10/2009 7:04:40 AM PST by Tennessee_Bob (A1C 6.2)
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To: Tennessee_Bob; agere_contra

Thanks - that seems to make sense. It looks like the sail relies on the energy from the initial launch into orbit to get it moving correctly around the sun so that it can tack. If it’s not already orbiting the sun, that doesn’t appear to work.

Of course, being launched from Earth, it already has that orbiting the sun thing going...


6 posted on 11/10/2009 7:30:51 AM PST by green iguana
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