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Re: starship-design: Timothy's beamed power paper

On Wed, 23 Jul 1997 18:17:13 -0500 "L. Parker" <lparker@cacaphony.net>
>Why don't you try spinning the sail into shape? Ever seen a fisherman 
>cast a throw net? He gives a little flick with his wrist to make it 
>spin open.
This would work, but with the sail diameters I've seen, the centripetal
acceleration required to keep the sail relatively flat (thought it would
still present a convex face to the transmitter) will tear the sail apart.