Space Technology Library

Fast Solar Sailing

Astrodynamics of Special Sailcraft Trajectories

Authors: Vulpetti, Giovanni

  • This is the first full mathematical (and technological) monograph devoted to Fast Solar Sailing
  • Educates the next generation of aerospace engineers on a revolutionary new engineering reality they can use for future deep space missions¬†
  • With a foreword by Les Johnson, Deputy Manager, NASA Advanced Concepts Office
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The range of solar sailing is very vast; it is a fully in-space means of propulsion that should allow us to accomplish various mission classes that are literally impossible using rocket propulsion, no matter if nuclear or electric. Fast and very fast solar sailings are special classes of sailcraft missions, initially developed only in the first half of the 1990s and still evolving, especially after the latest advances in nanotechnology.

This book describes how to plan, compute and optimize the trajectories of sailcraft with speeds considerably higher than 100 km/s; such sailcraft would be able to explore the outer heliosphere, the near interstellar medium and the solar gravitational lens (550-800 astronomical units) in times significantly shorter than the span of an average career (~ 35 years), just to cite a few examples. The scientific interest in this type of exploration is huge.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Some General Rocket Features

    Vulpetti, Giovanni

    Pages 3-32

  • The Sun as Power Source for Spaceflight

    Vulpetti, Giovanni

    Pages 35-64

  • Sailcraft Concepts

    Vulpetti, Giovanni

    Pages 65-92

  • Solar Sails in Interplanetary Environment

    Vulpetti, Giovanni

    Pages 93-122

  • Fundamentals of Sailcraft Trajectory

    Vulpetti, Giovanni

    Pages 125-164

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eBook $159.00
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Hardcover $209.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-4776-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $209.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fast Solar Sailing
Book Subtitle
Astrodynamics of Special Sailcraft Trajectories
Authors
Series Title
Space Technology Library
Series Volume
30
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-4777-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-4777-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-4776-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8196-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXX, 410
Topics