The 20-meter (65.6-ft) solar sail and boom system, developed by L'Garde Inc. of Tustin, California (Image: NASA)
The solar sail may launch as early as 2014 (Image: NASA)
NASA is getting ready to ride the “winds” of space on sails lighter than gossamer, yet large enough to cover a small field. The space agency’s Solar Sail Demonstration, also known as the Sunjammer Project, may launch as early as 2014 when it will send the largest solar sail yet built into orbit, to demonstrate the technical viability of the device.
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