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Solar Sailing: Pathway To The Stars

Launched by Japan's JAXA Space Exploration Center, IKAROS is the first solar sail ever to be successfully deployed in space.
by Staff Writers
Pasadena CA (SPX) Jul 05, 2010
When it comes to space travel, no propulsion method surpasses the sheer romance of solar sailing, literally flight on light. We invite you to learn of the exciting advances in the field at a free public event on July 21, 2010 - "Solar Sailing: Pathway to the Stars."

New York City College of Technology (City Tech) is hosting an International Solar Sailing Symposium from July 20-22 in Brooklyn, and will present this special evening program for the public in cooperation with The Planetary Society.

Our Executive Director, Lou Friedman, will kick off the discussion with a brief overview of solar sailing projects around the world before turning the event over to the star of the evening, Junichiro Kawaguchi, to present recent results and a mission update from the spectacular IKAROS mission, still flying in interplanetary space.

Launched by Japan's JAXA Space Exploration Center, IKAROS is the first solar sail ever to be successfully deployed in space.

Following Kawaguchi's IKAROS report, Friedman will provide an update on The Planetary Society's own solar sail mission, Lightsail-1. Our project has just achieved a new milestone by passing its Critical Design Review, clearing the way for construction of the ultra-light spacecraft to now begin.

Other speakers will include NASA's Les Johnson, the University of Strathclyde's Malcolm Macdonald, and City University conference organizer Professor Roman Kezerashvili.

When: Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Where: Atrium Amphitheater, New York City College of Technology

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