Geosail: A novel solar sail mission concept for geospace

D. Alexander, C.R. McInnes, V. Angelopoulos, A.W. Sandeman, M. Macdonald, Mohammed S. El-Genk (Editor)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The GeoSail mission employs a low-performance solar sail, attainable with the current state-of-the-art technologies, to carry out breakthrough scientific measurements in the Earth's magnetotail. A solar sail ~40-50m across can achieve the 0.1 mm/s2 acceleration required to provide the necessary precession rate. Such a mission provides a scientific milestone on the road to significantly more advanced solar sail missions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceeding of the AIP Space Technology and Appications International Forum/Staif 2002, Innovative Transportation Systems and Beyond
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • solar sails
  • spacecraft
  • space travel
  • guidance systems
  • orbits


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