Emerging Products Case Study

Gaining a New Perspective
on Our Sun

Roccor has been developing extremely large deployable structures to enable 1,000m² solar sails for propulsion of a new generation of small scientific satellites.

NASA’s Solar Cruiser Mission will use this innovative capability to fly ahead of the Sun-Earth line and out of the ecliptic plane – enabling novel observations of coronal magnetism and providing vital clues to the origins of the solar wind, coronal heating, and space weather eruptions.

Roccor’s work on the Solar Cruiser deployable sail builds on flight heritage in the upcoming NEA Scout mission and strong collaborative partnerships with NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Ball Aerospace, and Nexsolve.

Solar Cruiser Technology Maturation Plan

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Solar Cruiser Mission Concept

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Solar Cruiser Mission Concept