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Measuring the Interplanetary Medium with a Solar Sail

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August 21, 2003
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From: Michael Martin Nieto <>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2003 22:26:23 GMT (9kb)

Measuring the Interplanetary Medium with a Solar Sail

Michael Martin Nieto,
Slava G. Turyshev

Comments: 11 pages

Report-no: LA-UR-03-5541

A solar sail mission to deep space could determine the density of the
interplanetary medium by measuring the drag force on the huge sail with
radiometric navigational data. Thus, a mission similar to the Interstellar
Probe might consider retaining its sail beyond the orbit of Jupiter to measure
the matter density in deep space. Such an experiment would a yield an
independent, new type of measurement of the interplanetary medium and should be

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