Picture map of Europe with pins indicating European capital cities

Open Access research with a European policy impact...

The Strathprints institutional repository is a digital archive of University of Strathclyde's Open Access research outputs. Strathprints provides access to thousands of Open Access research papers by Strathclyde researchers, including by researchers from the European Policies Research Centre (EPRC).

EPRC is a leading institute in Europe for comparative research on public policy, with a particular focus on regional development policies. Spanning 30 European countries, EPRC research programmes have a strong emphasis on applied research and knowledge exchange, including the provision of policy advice to EU institutions and national and sub-national government authorities throughout Europe.

Explore research outputs by the European Policies Research Centre...

Geosail: A novel solar sail mission concept for geospace

Alexander, D. and McInnes, C.R. and Angelopoulos, V. and Sandeman, A.W. and Macdonald, M. (2002) Geosail: A novel solar sail mission concept for geospace. In: Proceeding of the AIP Space Technology and Appications International Forum/Staif 2002, Innovative Transportation Systems and Beyond. American Institute of Physics, pp. 305-312. ISBN 1-56396-980-7

Full text not available in this repository. Request a copy from the Strathclyde author

Abstract

The GeoSail mission employs a low-performance solar sail, attainable with the current state-of-the-art technologies, to carry out breakthrough scientific measurements in the Earth's magnetotail. A solar sail ~40-50m across can achieve the 0.1 mm/s2 acceleration required to provide the necessary precession rate. Such a mission provides a scientific milestone on the road to significantly more advanced solar sail missions.