Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Electric Forcefield Space Sailing Ship

Thus the wires generate overlapping electrical fields which, as far as the ions of the solar wind are concerned, is a solid barrier. They hit it and are stopped or bounced back, and in the nature of things this exerts pressure on the electric-field "sail". The effect isn't nearly as strong as it would be with a physical sail, but because the electric model is so huge and so light, it can still achieve impressive results. For instance it has been calculated that an electrosail ship could reach Pluto in less than five years.

by Lewis Page, The Register (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/12/13/finnish_solar_windjammer_cash/)

See also: Electric Sail

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