Model and trajectory optimization for an ideal laser-enhanced solar sail

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Carzana, Livio; Dachwald, Bernd; Noomen, R.;
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    arxiv: Physics::Atomic Physics | Astrophysics::Earth and Planetary Astrophysics | Physics::Space Physics | Astrophysics::Solar and Stellar Astrophysics | Quantitative Biology::Other

A laser-enhanced solar sail is a solar sail that is not solely propelled by solar radiation but additionally by a laser beam that illuminates the sail. This way, the propulsive acceleration of the sail results from the combined action of the solar and the laser radiatio... View more
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