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MAGNETIC SAILS AND INTERSTELLAR TRAVEL

@article{Andrews1990MAGNETICSA,
  title={MAGNETIC SAILS AND INTERSTELLAR TRAVEL},
  author={Dana G. Andrews and Robert M. Zubrin},
  journal={Journal of the British Interplanetary Society},
  year={1990},
  volume={43},
  pages={265-272}
}
A new concept, the magnetic sail, or "Magsail", is proposed which propels spacecraft by using the magnetic field generated by a loop of superconducting cable to deflect interplanetary or interstellar plasmas winds. A description is given of the computer code used to model the performance of such a device and results of a series of investigations are presented. It is found that a Magsail sailing on the solar wind at a radius of one astronautical unit (A.U.) can attain accelerations on the order… 

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