NASA’s Artemis I Mission to Include Small Solar Sailing Spacecraft Written 15 July 2021


A controllable CubeSat solar sail spacecraft. | NASA/Wikipedia; Public Domain

ExecutiveGov reports that NASA “will send its small spacecraft with solar sail propulsion to space as part of the Artemis I human exploration mission.” Artemis I mission principal technology investigator Les Johnson “said in a statement published Wednesday the flight of the Near-Earth Asteroid Scout payload is partly meant to demonstrate the use of solar sailing spacecraft to reach new places and conduct science experiments.” The cubesat’s “aluminum-coated plastic film sail is designed to reflect sunlight and generate thrust to enable the spacecraft to accelerate and navigate through space for asteroid data-gathering efforts.”
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