Media Invited to See Solar Sail -- Developing Technology to Propel Spacecraft of Future -- at NASA Research Center July 19
Marshall Space Flight Center
Glenn Research Center
Media Advisory: 05-112
The In-Space Propulsion Technology Project at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., in collaboration with NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, will host a Media Opportunity to showcase testing of a 20-meter solar sail system design. Solar sails use sunlight to propel a spacecraft through space. This continuous sunlight, reflecting off the giant, reflective sails, provides sufficient thrust to perform such maneuvers as hovering at a fixed point in space and rotating the craft's position in orbit.
The 20-meter tests are a critical milestone in the development of the unique propulsion technology that could lead to more ambitious inner Solar System robotic exploration. L'Garde Inc., of Tustin, Calif., is conducting a series of tests in the Space Power Facility -- the world's largest space environment simulation chamber -- at Glenn's Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio. Media are invited to view the company's solar sail hardware and interview managers of the project.
On hand for interviews will be:
- Rae Ann Meyer, deputy manager of the In-Space Propulsion Technology Office at NASA's Marshall Center
- Edward Montgomery, technology manager of Solar Sail Propulsion at Marshall
- Richard Kunath, chief of the Plum Brook Management Office
- Leo Lichodziejewski, principal investigator of solar sails at L'Garde.
Tuesday, July 19, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT
The Space Power Facility at NASA Glenn Research Center's Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio
News media interested in covering the event should contact Glenn Research Center's Community and Media Relations Office at (216) 433-2037 no later than Monday, July 18, for security clearance and directions to Plum Brook's main gate. Media must report to the gate by 11:15 a.m. EDT and may be escorted to the Space Power Facility. Vehicles are subject to security search at the gate.
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