NASA has plans to launch a lightweight, highly efficient solar sail in 2015 to explore as far as three million kilometres into deep space. The sail, propelled by the Sun's rays, will also be tested as an early warning system for potentially damaging solar flares headed for Earth. Rob Muir reports.
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NASA (Jan. 27, 2014) Transcript
Technology Demonstration Missions (TDM)
- Todd Ely
- Nathan Barnes
- Ian Clark
NARRATOR: Technology Demonstration Missions; taking the next step in deep space ... watch video
AP (Feb. 6, 2015) Launching Sunday, a deep space climate satellite will dramatically improve solar storm warnings. The joint NASA-NOAA-US Air Force mission could save trillions of dollars back on earth, increasing ... watch video
June 25, 2015 A new supercomputer simulation of the planet and debris disk around the nearby star Beta Pictoris reveals that the planet's motion drives spiral waves throughout the disk, a ... read more
June 24, 2015 Astronomers have discovered an immense cloud of hydrogen dispersing from a warm, Neptune-sized planet orbiting a nearby star. The enormous comet-like tail of the planet is ... read more
June 23, 2015 In late 2013, when the neutron star at the heart of one of our galaxy's oddest supernovae gave off a massive burst of X-rays, the resulting echoes -- created when the X-rays ... read more
June 23, 2015 To find life in the universe, it helps to know what it might look like. If there are organisms on other planets that do not rely wholly on photosynthesis -- as some on Earth ... read more
Apr. 27, 2015 The E-sail is a novel propellantless technology that was invented in Finland in 2006. The E-sail utilizes long, charged tethers to convert natural solar wind momentum flux into spacecraft ... read more
Nov. 13, 2012 On Nov. 13, 2012, the sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 9:04 pm EST. This flare is classified as an M6 flare. M-class flares are the weakest flares that can still cause some space ... read more
Nov. 29, 2011 After spending more than 240 days "sailing" around Earth, NASA's NanoSail-D -- a nanosatellite that deployed NASA's first-ever solar sail in low-Earth orbit -- has successfully ... read more
Aug. 24, 2011 NASA has selected three proposals, including one from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., as Technology Demonstration Missions to transform space communications, deep space ... read more