The unfolded sail covers an area equal to around eight MacBook Air laptop computers. © Spacety Aerospace Co
The unfolded sail covers an area equal to around eight MacBook Air laptop computers. © Spacety Aerospace Co

China tests its first solar sail spacecraft

8 January 2020

China has tested its first solar sail-powered spacecraft in orbit.

The SIASAIL-I uses technology that will enable spacecraft to reach beyond the solar system, according to the institute developing the technology.

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