Space Sports – Sailing in Space

Maria Sundin, Lars Larsson, Christian Finnsgård

Abstract

Titan is the largest moon of Saturn, and apart from the Earth it is the only body in our solar system where a liquid exists on the surface. Within the last ten years a system of lakes and rivers have been discovered. The climate and seasonal cycles of Titan are still not very well known, but the composition and pressure are fairly well established. Perhaps in the future boats will sail the lakes of Titan for research purposes or even sport. The purpose of this paper is to give an overview of the concept of space sports, the conditions of Titan and to calculate important parameters of sailing such as floatability, stability, hull resistance and sail forces. This paper shows that if a sailing yacht on Titan will have twice as large displacement as on Earth, it will be 2.6 times less stable for the same beam. Since friction will be smaller, it will be faster than on Earth at low speed, but significantly slower at high speeds due to the wave generation. The same sail area is required to get the same sail forces if the average wind is 3 m/s, while a 9 times larger sail area is required for if the wind speed is only 1 m/s.

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Sundin M., Larsson L. and Finnsgård C. (2016). Space Sports – Sailing in Space . In Proceedings of the 4th International Congress on Sport Sciences Research and Technology Support - Volume 1: icSPORTS, ISBN 978-989-758-205-9, pages 141-146. DOI: 10.5220/0006086701410146


in Bibtex Style

@conference{icsports16,
author={Maria Sundin and Lars Larsson and Christian Finnsgård},
title={Space Sports – Sailing in Space},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 4th International Congress on Sport Sciences Research and Technology Support - Volume 1: icSPORTS,},
year={2016},
pages={141-146},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0006086701410146},
isbn={978-989-758-205-9},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 4th International Congress on Sport Sciences Research and Technology Support - Volume 1: icSPORTS,
TI - Space Sports – Sailing in Space
SN - 978-989-758-205-9
AU - Sundin M.
AU - Larsson L.
AU - Finnsgård C.
PY - 2016
SP - 141
EP - 146
DO - 10.5220/0006086701410146