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
Feb. 9, 2016 Hundreds of hidden nearby galaxies have been studied for the first time, shedding light on a mysterious gravitational anomaly dubbed the Great Attractor. Despite being just ... read more
Feb. 5, 2016 Stars do not accumulate their final mass steadily, but in a series of violent events manifesting themselves as sharp stellar brightening. Stellar brightening can be caused by ... read more
Feb. 3, 2016 Astronomers have made the first direct measurement of the temperature of the large dust grains in the outer parts of a planet-forming disc around a young star. By applying a ... read more
Feb. 1, 2016 The origin of matter in the universe has puzzled physicists for generations. Today, we know that matter only accounts for 5 percent of our universe; another 25 percent is constituted of dark matter. ... read more
Jan. 29, 2016 Promising new calibration tools, called laser frequency combs, could allow astronomers to take a major step in discovering and characterizing earthlike planets around other ... 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