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    Forget About Interstellar Flights. Tiny Light Sails Could be Used to Explore the Sola

    Solar sails have been receiving a lot of attention lately.* In part that is due to a series of high profile missions that have successfully proven the concept. Itís also in part due to the high profile Breakthrough Starshot project, which is designing a solar sail powered mission to reach Alpha Centauri. But this versatile …
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    Well yes, it stands to reason that most propulsion methods that can travel long distances will have to travel short distances first.

    Some.means like the dear, disgraced Bussard Ramjet would only be effective if given a large initial acceleration to gather enough ISM gas to matter. But a light sail can reflect any arbitrary amount of energy below its melting point, so it is far less limited in scale.
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