posted on Jun, 24 2005 @ 04:35 AM
its a TEST in a VACUUM CHAMBER, not an actual deployment in space.
so you are still here, defending that NASA has no ongoing solar sail program? I mean wow. they must be testing all those 20 meter minature solar
sails, in building sized vacuum chambers just for fun at the office.
"NASA, the European Space Agency, Japan, and Russia all have developed solar sails, but none has yet tried to prove that the sails can propel a
spacecraft under controlled flight." Cosmos 1 could do that. actually Japan deployed 2 in space but not functional in this sense.
and I repeat my statement for the last time.
launch a solar sail program.
they are not doing all those simulated experiments for nothing. "simulation" as in testing how something would act in the real environment, like
space?, or Im being creative maybe deploying a solar sail in space?
if you carry on beyond the first link you will see that NASA has put some
serious work on this project for years. and note that these last tests NASA has done are very recent one in April and the other one is in June.
for the good of humanity you must accept that NASA will launch a solar sail program. it is inevitable. just accept it.