The sun diver: Combining solar sails with the Oberth effect

  title={The sun diver: Combining solar sails with the Oberth effect},
  author={Coryn A. L. Bailer-Jones},
  journal={arXiv: Popular Physics},
A highly reflective sail provides a way to propel a spacecraft out of the solar system using solar radiation pressure. The closer the spacecraft is to the Sun when it starts its outward journey, the larger the radiation pressure and so the larger the final velocity. For a spacecraft starting on the Earth's orbit, closer proximity can be achieved via a retrograde impulse from a rocket engine. The sail is then deployed at the closest approach to the Sun. Employing the so-called Oberth effect, a… 
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