Is it possible to propel a spacecraft in low earth orbit to the moon using only the sun's energy?

- Advertisement -

Imagine a spacecraft is already in low earth orbit. I am wondering if it possible to somehow harness the sun’s energy to propel the craft away from the earth’s gravitational pull. For example, after gathering photo-electric energy, is it feasible to create an electron propellant strong enough to escape the Earth’s G?
Or will conventional fuels be the only practical way?

- Advertisement -
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
3 Comments
Most Voted
Newest Oldest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Lord of The Flies Pt.2

I think the ratio of the battery weight/ their output makes solar battery flight impractical. But the solar wind sail works, but you’d have to deploy outside the earth’s grav field.

Martin

It’s been done. Two remote probes, Smart 1 and Dawn, have used low-thrust ion rockets for gradually spiraling out of low Earth orbit to their mission goals. Smart 1 cruised outward to the Moon and spiraled into lunar orbit. Dawn is en route now to asteroid Vesta. Both craft have been powered by solar panels.

sven

perhaps a photo electric grid that throws ions out and rearward,thrusting the craft ahead
ots called ion propulsion,the grid would have to be many miles in surface area

Related

What do auras look like to you?

As a child, I've always seen everything as if it were outlined but my parents put it down to either funny eyesight or everybody...

How to practice Chi Energy?

A friend told me about this a few months ago and ive been wanting to get into it but i dont know where to...

I was wondering if it was possible to become a psychic medium similar to Chip Coffey or either a sensitive?

i always wanted to be able to be some sort of psychic medium or sensitive but i havent been able to finf like the...

What is the family secret to the show Sabrina the teenage witch?

Ok so i think i'm at the second season of the show Sabrina the teenage witch. Soo i really am dying to know what...

Have you ever given up on getting back money that you LENT to someone on religious grounds?

I once decided I could not waste the energy on someone who begged me out of a couple hundred because wasting that money on...

Why do people always cry while yelling at their parents?

I know several people (including myself) who always cry whenever they scream at their parents. And i was wondering why? I'm assuming it has...
3
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x