A4_5 Solar Propelled Rocket

Oliver James, Rebecca Pearce, Julian Buckland, Mathew Crosby


In this paper we discuss whether it would be feasible to replace the current Soyuz rocket’s Earth launch phase, with the radiation pressure from reflected solar radiation. We find that the mirror would need an area 2.05 × 105 km^2 in an ideal situation. This is deemed too large to be practical.

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