Whitepaper #100 in the Decadal Survey for Solar and Space Physics (Heliophysics) 2024-2033. Main topics: space weather applications; basic research. Additional topics: other basic research; space weather research/applications/operations pipeline; solar physics; space-based […]
Solar sails, and in particular diffractive sails are an enabling technology for pushing the boundaries of heliophysics forward by allowing unique measurements from obits unattainable otherwise. Specifically, diffractive solar sailing is beneficial to establish solar polar observational sailcraft.