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September 17 2013

Solar Sails Could Propel the First Starships


Sail ships might be the spacecraft that first take human technology to distant stars.

Giant sails propelled by the sun's or a laser's energy could be the most viable option for interstellar spaceflight in the not-too-distant future, James Benford, a physicist associated with Icarus Interstellar, a non-profit group devoted to finding a way to travel to another star system, said during a panel at the Starship Congress conference in August.

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