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Solar sails were a method of propulsion used by some starships. The sail would absorb both the photons and the "solar wind" (highly energetic plasma which escapes a star's gravity) from nearby stars. Gathered on a sufficiently large surface, the absorbed momentum would then accelerate the spacecraft. Once optimal acceleration has been reached, the hyperdrive motivator would kick in and allow the craft to enter hyperspace.

While cheap and easy to produce, solar sails were not widely used as a propulsion system, for 3 main reasons: the first is that the sail is at its most efficient when travelling close and directly away from a star. Solar wind and photons are only exploitable in the general vicinity of a star, and changing directions would imply either the use of gravity from a nearby stellar object, or the inclination of the whole sail. The second reason is the sail's size: even a small ship would require a very large sail to be accelerated to hyperspace entry velocity, thus increasing the overall ship's size. this can be averted to a point by storing the sail away when not in use. The third reason is that the sail is rather fragile: micrometeorites and random stellar debris can very quickly and irremediably shred a solar sail to the point of uselessness.

A major advantage of the solar sail, however, is that since it uses no onboard fuel, it leaves no readily identifiable residues, and it's passage is virtually undetectable once the ship has departed.

Count Dooku had a solar sail procured from the Gree Enclave fitted to his Punworcca 116-class interstellar sloop, which he used as his personal transport prior to and during the Clone Wars.

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Appearances

  • Jango Fett: Open Seasons
  • Star Wars: Bounty Hunter
  • The Eyes of Revolution
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones comic
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones junior novel
  • Most Precious Weapon
  • Star Wars Republic 49: Sacrifice
  • ' Star Wars: Clone Wars – "Chapter 6"
  • Jedi: Mace Windu
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars Volume 1: Shipyards of Doom
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Ambush"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Dooku Captured"
  • Legacy of the Jedi
  • Star Wars Republic 63: Striking from the Shadows
  • Brothers in Arms
  • Labyrinth of Evil
  • Star Wars: The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Darksaber (First appearance)
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Non-canon appearances

  • LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game
  • LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga

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This article uses material from the "Solar sail" article on the Starwars wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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