›› 2019, Vol. 39 ›› Issue (4): 43-.doi: 10.16708/j.cnki.1000-758X.2019.0028

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Research progress of electromagnetic sail propulsion for deep space exploration

 YU  Wei-Dong, WEN  Xiao-Dong, ZHANG  Tian-Ping, LIU  Li-Juan   

  1. Key Laboratory of Vacuum Technology and Physics, Lanzhou Instituted of Physics, Lanzhou 730000, China
  • Received:2018-11-29 Revised:2018-12-29 Online:2019-08-25 Published:2019-06-24

Abstract: Electromagnetic sail, a kind of space propulsion technology driven by solar wind, has broad application prospects in deep space exploration missions that require spacecraft working for a long time due to its characteristics of no propellants or less propellants. The basic concepts and main classifications of the electromagnetic sails are introduced. The working principles, system compositions, research status of ESail,PMS and MPS are discussed and followed by the plasma magnetoshell technology. Finally, the research progress of electromagnetic sail propulsion technology is summarized, which provides research direction and development ideas for domestic research in this field.

Key words: solar wind, electromagnetic sail, magneto plasma sail, plasma magnetoshell, deep space propulsion, electric propulsion