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Re: RE: starship-design: Tugs
In a message dated 8/11/97 9:14:24 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org (L. Parker)
>> ..think large laser sails are more trouble than they're worth, but
>> the most efficient way to stabilize its structure would have to
>> be an active mechanism. Something like many patches which can be
>> rotated up to 90 degrees with microactuators. They'd be able to
>> effectively adjust the transparency of the sail on a local basis.
>That is one of the reasons that I found the mention of dielectric materials
>so interesting. You could "steer" without any moving parts by simply varying
>the current supplied to a particular area of the sail to make it more or
That could be a very good idea! But would that up the power or weight
requirements of the sail system to much?