Re: SPACE: Is ISS a boondoggle?, was Re: SPACE: Why so much EVA onISS?

From: Eugene Leitl (
Date: Wed Mar 21 2001 - 04:51:34 MST

On Wed, 21 Mar 2001, Chuck Kuecker wrote:

> Boost it up a few tens of miles, and use a solar sail???

You don't want to do one thing: operate a solar sail
anywere with nonzero drag, as in LEO. I don't have any
numbers, but I'd be really surprised if you could unfold
a solar sail without deorbiting *real quick* anywhere
below one meameter.

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