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Electric Solar Wind Sail in tailwind
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2011 (English)In: EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2011, 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Electric Solar Wind Sail (E-sail) is a novelpropulsion concept that enables faster space travel tomany solar system targets. E-sail uses charged solarwind particles as the source of its propulsion. This isachieved by deploying long, conducting and chargedtethers, which get pushed by the solar wind byCoulomb drag [1].E-sail technology is being developed to technicalreadiness level (TRL) 4-5 by the European Union’sSeventh Framework Programme for Research andTechnological Development, EU FP7, in a projectnamed ESAIL ( of the key parts are to be produced. Thedesign will be scalable so that a real solar winddemonstration mission could be scaled up from them.We review here the latest results of the constantlyevolving E-sail project.

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, EPSC Abstracts, 6
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Engineering and Technology
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Engineering Science with specialization in Microsystems Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-163743OAI: diva2:464770
European Planetary Science Congress - DPS Joint Meeting 2011 - La Cité Internationale des Congrès Nantes Métropole, 02 – 07 October 2011, Nantes, France
Available from: 2011-12-19 Created: 2011-12-14 Last updated: 2013-03-21Bibliographically approved

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