Photon Sailor CKAN

Photon Sailor aims to create a realistic photon-sailing experience in KSP. A photonsail, also known as solar sail or laser sail, allows a spacecraft to propel itself using radiation pressure from the sun, removing the need to carry any reaction mass, and simply using the deflection of photon energy to provide thrust.

License: CC-BY-NC-3.0

Game Version: 1.12.5

Downloads: 166,224

Author: FreeThinker

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Followers: 36

This mod aims to create the most realistic photon-sailing experience possible.

A photonsail, also known as solar sail, allows a spacecraft to propel itself using radiation pressure from the sun, removing the need to carry any reaction mass, and simply using the deflection of photon energy to provide thrust. The acceleration gained from solar radiation is extremely small, but can be applied over a long period of time to reach extremely high speeds, given a large enough sail and a payload of low mass. Besides being propelled by the photons emitted by the sun, it can also be propelled by photons emited by beamed power transmitters.

Photon sails function both under real time as and non-physical timewarp, allowing for them to be useful for interplanetary travel. Photon must operate mainly outside the proximity of atmospheres which due to their large sail surface area are much subject to the effects of drag which are accurately simulated.

To help you with altitude control, the part interface contains several useful indicators like Periapsis, Apapsis and Orbital Diameter Change

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