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Old 2012-12-27, 05:34   #8
LaurV
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you are destroying my dreams


I know everybody is terrified by descending into this "solar well", the ship gets faster and faster, and if it does not do something (like active changing velocity) then it will pass Mercury fast... Think about a parachute, in the Earth's atmosphere. It does not get faster as it descends.
Now think that the parachute is a big solar sail and the Earth's atmosphere is the solar wind... This can be quite interesting (and cheap, close to free) when it comes back. With a little planning, it may lift the mercurial module without (much) other fuel...

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