IKAROS solar sail

Discussion in 'Space & Aeronautics' started by RocketmanTan, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. RocketmanTan

    RocketmanTan Well-Known Member

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    I'm sure quite a few of us have heard of the IKAROS solar sail that was recently launched. I'm quite surprised that no one has made a model of the spacecraft yet. I guess I'm just too impatient to wait for a model to come out sign1 So instead I'm currently designing my own model. I'll post pics and stuff as the design progresses.

    --Bryan "Opposite over Adjacent" Tan
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    RocketmanTan Well-Known Member

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    sail pattern done!

    here's what I've spent the past hour on:

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  3. mchale

    mchale beach boy

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    cool hey what about the valkyrie from titan ae
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    RocketmanTan Well-Known Member

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    I'll see what I can do with it. Right now, I'm kinda swamped with other backed-up projects as well as final exams.
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    RocketmanTan Well-Known Member

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    Test build pics!

    The model is VERY simple, yet quite accurate:

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    Retired_for_now New Guy

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    Very nicely done! It's an important mission, but somewhere along the line people have lost interest (or the space agencies need to do some serious promotion). The really radical impact is the spacecraft's unlimited range - given enough time, it can go anywhere!
    Yogi
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    Cool model of a very cool concept. Can't wait to see it actually fly.
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