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.
|Title of host publication||Proceeding of the AIP Space Technology and Appications International Forum/Staif 2002, Innovative Transportation Systems and Beyond|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|
- solar sails
- space travel
- guidance systems
Alexander, D., McInnes, C. R., Angelopoulos, V., Sandeman, A. W., Macdonald, M., & El-Genk, M. S. (Ed.) (2002). Geosail: A novel solar sail mission concept for geospace. In Proceeding of the AIP Space Technology and Appications International Forum/Staif 2002, Innovative Transportation Systems and Beyond (pp. 305-312)