SPACE MISSION 

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NASA'S SOLAR SAIL SPACE MISSION 

Published By MintGenie Team | 24 Apr, 2024

Launch Details

NASA's Advanced Composite Solar Sail System spacecraft is set to launch on April 24 aboard Rocket Lab's Electron rocket from New Zealand at 3:30 am IST.
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Solar Propulsion

The spacecraft utilizes sunlight for propulsion and will be installed 1,000 kilometers above Earth.
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Craft Specifications

The solar charged spacecraft will measure about 80 square meters and will be deployed 25 minutes post lift-off.
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Mission Duration

Initially, the mission will last for a couple of months, followed by the deployment of the solar sail.
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CubeSat Technology

The spacecraft incorporates a CubeSat, which acts as the heart of the system and propels the spacecraft using solar particles.
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Maneuver Testing

The mission team will conduct pointing maneuvers to demonstrate orbit raising and lowering using sunlight in the upcoming weeks after launch.
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Visibility

If the orientation is perfect, the solar powered spacecraft will be visible as the brightest star in the night sky, akin to Sirius.
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Significance of the Mission

Success in this mission will reduce reliance on heavy propulsion systems, enabling lower-cost missions of longer duration.
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Solar Sail Technology

Solar sail technology utilizes sunlight as a limitless source of propulsion, reducing the need for massive fuel tanks in future missions.
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