Solar Sail

A solar sail is a propulsion device that relies on solar radiation pressure rather than Newton's Third Law (Action-Reaction) to produce thrust. Solar sails produce thrust proportional to their cross-sectional area exposed to sunlight and the reflectivity of the material the sail is made of.


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