Thanks! I've seen various shows on the subject, and it's quite intriguing to say the least, although I am no theoretical physicist, it appears that is the best option for the time being Funny you should ask, I was just watching a show about the technology in Star Trek vs. reality, and the sail ships came up
sorry to barge in... there's something that's been bugging me about the whole solar sail thing... it depends on light to "push" it in the right direction, right? and it's main purpose is inter-stellar travels. then what happens when it does reach the target planetary system? at that point, our sun (behind the craft) won't be nearly as powerful as the star in the target system (in front of the craft)... won't it slow down to a complete stop? and what about interference from the billions of light sources in space?
obviously, nasa has thought of it... i've just never seen any documentary that explains that part
Those are interesting considerations. I'd love to see Vicky's artistic rendering of solar sails, after seeing her work "Scouts Out." The way she uses light and shadows in her art is awesome!
So below is what I found in just a few moments of online research. I couldn't explain exactly what it means, because I know little about science, but this might help address how they could control the solar sails' trajectory in space. Indeed I think it would be interesting to learn facts about these solar sails and what they could accomplish, or any new mechanisms for space exploration, rather than just create hype about it.
"During the flight experiment, researchers will study the ability of the sail’s beam-tip vanes to provide attitude stabilization and control; determine the vehicle’s ability to trim, or set its sail’s angle relative to the solar wind; and execute a navigation sequence based on typical mission requirements."
"Page not found" aaah i forgot where i was for a moment it didn't even occur to me that you were discussing art anyways i did some myself... and it appears to have even more inherent problems than what i suggested.
so i guess i won't be visiting my home planet anytime soon