Monday, May 02, 2005

Towards The Solar Sail

ATK Space Systems, based in California, is testing a material similar to Mylar for use in solar sails. Using a huge vacuum chamber a 100 feet in diameter and 122 feet high at the Cleveland NASA Glenn Research Center's Plum Brook Station, ATK is testing an array of four 70-foot long triangular pieces of sail stretched across boom arms. The team is examining how the sails will deploy in operate in the vacuum of space at various temperatures.

via Wired