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May 9, 2007

Riding the Solar Wind on a 30-Mile Sail

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It's nice to see someone trying to take advantage of solar winds for spaceship propulsion instead of methane gas, nuclear cells, or other more mundane options. :-) This article over at Wired outlines a team from the Kumpula Space Center in Finland proposing a huge electronic sail for spacecraft that may dramatically reduce journey times across the solar system. Thank the gods! Anything to reduce time to get off this planet would be great. I'm in my mid-thirties now and the Moon is the best we can do? Come on solar winds...blow some seeds of change.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at May 9, 2007 7:36 AM

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