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Solar Sails

Postby gusindor » Fri Apr 04, 2014 6:10 pm

Just wondering, are solar sails a thing in the Solar Calendar?
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Re: Solar Sails

Postby Soren » Fri Apr 04, 2014 7:01 pm

Yes, but keep in mind that solar sails are extremely slow in the real world (light pressure is very gentle), have limited payloads (you need a lot of sail to move anything) and have limited range (out to the orbit of Mars, just about). You might want to think about something like the Solar Moth design for getting any amount of material places in a reasonable amount of time.

However, solar sails are also extremely cool. If you wanted to hack the game to make it about solar-sail yacht races, that would absolutely fit the setting.
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Re: Solar Sails

Postby mraichelson » Sat Apr 05, 2014 3:32 pm

Soren wrote:However, solar sails are also extremely cool. If you wanted to hack the game to make it about solar-sail yacht races, that would absolutely fit the setting.


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Re: Solar Sails

Postby gusindor » Sat Apr 05, 2014 7:24 pm

Alpha Bandit plus Rooftop Racing... interesting...
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Re: Solar Sails

Postby FrostCollar » Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:24 am

A solar sail powered craft might make a decent civilian ship in Alpha Bandit too!

Now this is reminding me of Battlefleet Gothic. There were rules for space sails in there too with variable speeds depending on the direction you were travelling relative to the board side that the sun is on...
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