Optimized trajectories to the nearest stars using lightweight high-velocity photon sails

  title={Optimized trajectories to the nearest stars using lightweight high-velocity photon sails},
  author={R. Heller and M. Hippke and Pierre Kervella Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research and Gottingen and Neukirchen-Vluyn and Unidad Mixta Internacional Franco-Chilena de Astronom'ia and U. D. Chile and Lesia and Observatoire de Paris and Cnrs and 06 Univ.Paris},
  journal={arXiv: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics},
  • R. Heller, M. Hippke, +8 authors 06 Univ.Paris
  • Published 2017
  • Physics
  • arXiv: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics
  • New means of interstellar travel are now being considered by various research teams, assuming lightweight spaceships to be accelerated via either laser or solar radiation to a significant fraction of the speed of light (c). We recently showed that gravitational assists can be combined with the stellar photon pressure to decelerate an incoming lightsail from Earth and fling it around a star or bring it to rest. Here, we demonstrate that photogravitational assists are more effective when the star… CONTINUE READING
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