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Mysterious Air Force 'Space Plane' Set For Launch Today

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 05.20.2015 | Science

The U.S. Air Force is set to launch its secretive "space plane" on Wednesday, the fourth flight of the mysterious unmanned X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle....

WATCH: World's Largest Solar Sail Passes Key Test

Space.com | Nola Taylor Redd | Posted 10.16.2013 | Science

A NASA plan to launch the world's largest solar sail into space and unfurl it like a giant parasol has passed a major test as the mission moves close...

EXPLAINED: The 'Sails' That May Take Us To Distant Stars

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 09.24.2013 | Science

Sail ships might be the spacecraft that first take human technology to distant stars. Giant sails propelled by the sun's or a laser's energy could ...

Vast Sail To Be Launched Into Space

Posted 01.31.2013 | Science

By: Leonard David Published: 01/31/2013 02:30 PM EST on SPACE.com The largest solar sail ever constructed is headed for the launch pad in 2014 o...

Planetary Society plans Sunlight-Propelled Craft

AP | JOHN ANTCZAK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

LOS ANGELES — Four years after its first solar sail ended up in the ocean instead of orbit, The Planetary Society announced Monday that by the e...