Tuesday, June 21, 2011
I first saw Professor McInnes at a Royal Philosophical Society lecture which I reviewed here.
He has also been fairly regularly on Spiked
Colin R. McInnes FRAes FInstP FRSE FREng is a Scottish engineer known for his work in solar sails. He is currently one of the leading figures in the field, being the author (or co-author) of over 50 solar sail papers since 2001. He also wrote a book on the subject, Solar Sailing: Technology, Dynamics and Mission Applications, which is commonly referenced in solar sail journal papers. ctdAlso a regular letter writer to the Herald and Scotsman in support of nuclear power an, more importantly proved the feasibility of Robert Forward's statite (a satellite held in position, probably over the Pole, not by orbital mechanics but by a solar sail).