Measuring the Interplanetary Medium with a Solar Sail

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From: Michael Martin Nieto <>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2003 22:26:23 GMT   (9kb)
Measuring the Interplanetary Medium with a Solar Sail

Authors: Michael Martin Nieto, Slava G. Turyshev
Comments: 11 pages
Report-no: LA-UR-03-5541

A solar sail mission to deep space could determine the density of the interplanetary medium by measuring the drag force on the huge sail with radiometric navigational data. Thus, a mission similar to the Interstellar Probe might consider retaining its sail beyond the orbit of Jupiter to measure the matter density in deep space. Such an experiment would a yield an independent, new type of measurement of the interplanetary medium and should be pursued.
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