Aboard SpaceX’s latest Falcon launch today was a large reflective solar sail. https://trib.al/CPE2DPe
The aim is for the sail to reach 450 miles above Earth, and then orbit for about a year. https://trib.al/CPE2DPe
Engineers on the ground will be able to steer it by adjusting the angle of the sails, just like on a boat.
But instead of using the wind to move, the solar sail will use the energy of photons as they strike its gigantic mylar sails to move. https://trib.al/CPE2DPe
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