P5_2 Getting to Treasure Planet the old fashioned way

Tom Cox, Keaton Penn Fernandez, Lara Mead, Joshua Seagrave


In the Disney film ’Treasure Planet’ all ships use a combination of rockets and solar sails to travel the universe for their missions. The aim of this paper is to examine whether the solar sails on the RLS Legacy are there for a reason or purely for aesthetics. We concluded that using the 1,022 m2 sail area it would take the RLS Legacy 6 months to reach 1 m s−1 , to reach Voyager 2’s average velocity of 15 km s−1 it would take ∼ 7, 666 years.

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