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Setting Sail for the Sun: The NEA Scout & Solar Cruiser MissionsJoin HAL5 as we welcome back Les Johnson, who will talk about his work on developing solar sails at Marshall Space Flight Center and its role in propulsion and exploration of the Sun. With the successful flights of NASA's NanoSail-D and the Planetary Society's LightSail, solar sails are making the transition from an interesting idea to be demonstrated to technology ready for use on space missions. Scientists and engineers here in Huntsville are doing just that with the development of the Near Earth Asteroid Scout's 925 square foot solar sail that will fly in 2020. And that's not all, in August, a team led by NASA MSFC was selected as a finalist to develop an 18,000 square foot solar sail for a project called, Solar Cruiser, that may fly as early as 2024. If you would like to learn the fundamentals of solar sailing and get the scoop on these two innovative and exciting missions, then hang on as we "Set Sail for the Sun!"
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Marshall Space Flight Center
Document Type
Johnson, Les
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
December 16, 2019
Publication Date
December 12, 2019
Subject Category
Spacecraft Propulsion And Power
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: Setting Sail for the Sun
Location: Huntsville, AL
Country: United States
Start Date: December 12, 2019
Sponsors: Huntsville Alabama L5 Society (HAL5)
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Technical Review
Single Expert
In-space propulsion
Space weather
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