posted on Aug, 12 2004 @ 10:23 AM
Scientists are quickly pouring over ways to develop technology that would allow spaceships to travel to distant planets. While nuclear fusion engines
are often looked to as the solution to this problem, Japan has developed a new technology using solar sails that may allow us to travel to Mars and
beyond sooner than anyone thought.
Japan has unfurled a delicate solar sail in space, a device which some scientists believe could enable travel to far away planets. The Japanese
Institute of Space Astronautical Science (ISAS) has tested two sails aboard its S-310-34 rocket.
In theory, solar sails reflect light particles from the Sun, gaining momentum in the opposite direction to propel spacecraft forward. Some hope solar
sails will one day help humans travel to the stars. Because solar sails continue accelerating, they could reach distant targets in amazing times.
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Combined with the technology reported on by kegs in this ATSNN report, www.abovetopsecret.com...
, a mission to reach
distant stars could possibly launch within the next 40 years.
Once a spacecraft went too far, the sun could no longer make a definite impact on the sails, so scientists are developing a laser system to continue
The US is no longer the dominate leader in new space technology. That is obvious from the fact that so many other countries are making breakthroughs
of this nature other than the United States.
[edit on 8/12/2004 by lockheed]
[edit on 12-8-2004 by John bull 1]