Friday, May 2, 2008

Reaching for the Sun

080501_image1_md Artist Rendition

This seems interesting. Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory is planning to send a spacecraft to the the sun. It will have a carbon-composite heat shield, nine feet in diameter and six inches thick. I won't how this will survive considering that in the past, solar radiation has fried the electronics of satellite. This probe would be launched in 2015 which is a bit far away but at the same time closely approach. I think that sounded a bit equivocal but I think you know what I mean.

To deal with the heat problem(to say the least) in addition composite heat shield, there would be two sets of solar arrays that would extend or retract as the probe swings away and towards the suns to ensure that panels stay at necessary temperature and power levels.

Science and Society

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