I would like to share with you a crewed interstellar spacecraft which I have designed and called Solar One.
It employs a combination of 3 propulsion methods: nuclear fusion, beam-powered propulsion , and photon propulsion.
Basically, several compact fusion reactors power a laser...
Can an on board laser be used to propel a solar sail space craft if the laser is pointed at the sails ?
Would Newtons third law affect the laser and maybe prevent the ship from moving ?
Thank you for answering my very ignorant questions.
So I'm working on this project for a inflatable solar sail (so a spherical solar sail) and we are really only verifying the deployment of the sail in space (from a cubesat)....We are doing a mock PDR and I need to find info on the sail we'll be using. My job is to find an "off the shelf"...