According to this site, “The physics tells us [a solar sail is] going to be the size of Texas”
Oh my. I’m going to have to have a rethink about the design of my spaceship. How do you show such a huge solar sail. Even a spaceship the size of a cruise liner, or a city for that matter, will be nothing more than a dot in comparison to its enormous propulsion system.
The latest render now has a much bigger sail, and it fades off into the darkness nicely. I’m not sure things would really fade off into the darkness in real space, but I’ll stick with it for now.
When it’s complete, the new spaceship will be the star of the latest spaceship supplement from Starbright, like this one at RPGDriveThru.
I’ve also been looking for information on the position of the spaceship. Most real solar sails have the payload at the hub, but the spaceship from Avatar has the spaceship out on a boom. I’ve also seen a lot of artist’s impressions of solar sails with the spaceship trailing on cables.
I found this authoritative looking patent application with the spaceship in various locations. Here are some illustrations from the patent.
It seems that most designs have the spaceship trailing the sail (being pulled) instead of out in front (being pushed). Who am I to argue? So now my spaceship is travelling left to right, being pulled by its sail.