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Annales Geophysicae An open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Ann. Geophys., 33, 1507-1512, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/angeo-33-1507-2015
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21 Dec 2015
Boltzmann electron PIC simulation of the E-sail effect
P. Janhunen

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The solar wind electric sail (E-sail) is a new way to move in the solar system efficiently without consuming propellant. The E-sail taps momentum from the solar wind by long, charged and centrifugally stretched tethers. Here we develop a new type of simulation for predicting E-sail thrust. The new simulation involves some approximations, but is robust and executes fast on a computer. The results are in good agreement with an earlier theoretical prediction. The E-sail thrust seems strong.
The solar wind electric sail (E-sail) is a new way to move in the solar system efficiently...
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