A4_3 All Aboard the RLS Legacy - Sailing the Stars!

Kerry Marie Ballantine, Christopher Thomas Pain, Emma Miriam Thomas, Katherine Ester Ward


In this paper we reviewed the feasibility of using a galleon-style ship in space, replacing the canvas sails with solar sails as seen in Walt Disney Studios’ Treasure Planet. We considered the solar radiation force on the solar sails, and incorporated gravitational influences and spectral classifications of the host star. We found that the gravitational force always dominates, and the ship would spiral into the star. Furthermore, we discuss the ship riding a supernova shock wave, subjected to a net force of 6.34 × 10^7 N, yet the crew and ship still come to a fiery end.

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