The Future of Space

The Future of Space

By: Milo Hartmann

 

Solar Sails are powered by light or energy photons . They are lightweight and save fuel. Scientists have already deployed them into space and tested them successfully. They can gradually accelerate and reach a top speed faster than any spacecraft so far.

E sails are solar powered. They work because they have solar panels that power boosters into space.

While both are still being worked on, they have showed some impressive stats. While it took the Voyager I 35 years to make the trip to the edge of the solar system, the solar sail would make it in 20, and the E sail would take just 10.

I think they are great ideas, very energy efficient and fast. They will definitely help us in the future of space exploration and travel. This is a significant engineering accomplishment because it took a lot of research and tests.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/solar-sail-technology-gets-its-day-in-the-sun/

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/02/160202-solar-sail-space-nasa-exploration/

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/tdm/solarsail/index.html