500 kilogram Esails could each provide 50 tons of water from Asteroid mining for Mars and Space Infrastructure

Arxiv – EMMI – Electric Solar Wind Sail Facilitated Manned Mars Initiative Abstract The novel propellantless electric solar wind sail concept promises efficient low thrust transportation in the Solar System outside Earth’s magnetosphere. Combined with asteroid mining to provide water and synthetic cryogenic rocket fuel in orbits of Earth and Mars, possibilities for affordable continuous …

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NASA NIAC Solar Electric Space Sail that would be nine times faster than Voyager One

NASA NIAC has funded another solar electric space sail project called Heliopause Electrostatic Rapid Transit System (HERTS) which wants to send a probe 150 kilometers per second or 30 AU per year [9 times faster than Voyage One]. Nextbigfuture has had dozens of articles on the electric space sail technology and projects to develop that …

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A one-kilometre-long electric sail tether was produced

The electric sail (ESAIL), invented by Dr. Pekka Janhunen at the Finnish Kumpula Space Centre in 2006, produces propulsion power for a spacecraft by utilizing the solar wind. The sail features electrically charged long and thin metal tethers that interact with the solar wind. Using ultrasonic welding, the Electronics Research Laboratory at the University of …

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