TITLE

Sailcraft-based mission to the Solar Gravitational Lens

AUTHOR(S)
Vulpetti, Giovanni
PUB. DATE
January 2000
SOURCE
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 504 Issue 1, p968
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This paper shows that current or near-term technology together with the H-reversal mode for solar sailing would allow designing a 22-year flight-time mission to the minimum Solar Gravitational Lens (550 AU from the Sun). Sailcraft mass can be as low as 345 kg with a net payload of 100 kg. Al-Cr sail is 0.287 km2 large and 0.14 μm thick. Sailcraft mass breakdown and trajectory profiles are detailed. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.
ACCESSION #
5985008

 

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