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07:29 Dec 5, 2000
German to English translations [Non-PRO] Tech/Engineering
German term or phrase:Sonnenwindsegel
Prominentestes Beispiel aus dieser Pionierzeit ist das Sonnenwindsegel des Physikalischen Instituts der Universität Bern (1969).
Explanation: Whether this refers to an actual (terrestrial) equipment, or to a sail to derive motive power from the solar wind (a stream of particles emanating from the Sun) is open to conjecture. I have read many SF stories concerning the use of the latter.
Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, et al.
Iain Purvis United Kingdom Local time: 09:28 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in pair: 88
Explanation: Having just read the page referred to below, I can definately say that the Solar Wind Sail is to do with measuring the pressure exerted by the Solar Wind. It would therefor be useful as a means of propulsion in space craft.