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Use a two-part sail, which splits in two for the deceleration phase.



http://www.transorbital.net/Library/D001_AxA.html
http://www.lunarsail.com/LightSail/rit-1.pdf

scroll to Fig. 5 on p. 8. This paper describes laser-pushed sails, but microwave-pushed sails would use similar principles. Interestingly, both electric and magnetic sails can be used for propulsion.
Posted by eppur_se_muova | Sat Mar 11, 2017, 11:10 PM (2 replies)
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