Monday, May 09, 2005

Sail Ho, Skipper!

Slashdot reports:
The Planetary Society (home of SETI) is planning to launch the first Solar Sail Spacecraft, Cosmos 1, later this month.

I think this is great! However, I am left wondering: If a sail driven spacecraft encounters a nuclear-powered spacecraft, who has the right-of-way?
Sailboat Right-Of-Way

Because of the slower speed and reduced maneuverability, sailboats are given a special position in the navigational rules, and their own set of rules between boats under sail. While the navigational rules give a vessel under sail right-of-way over a vessel under power, there are certain exceptions to the rule, and the rules should be studied.

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