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LightSail 2 Spacecraft Successfully Demonstrates Flight by Light

LightSail 2 Spacecraft Successfully Demonstrates Flight by Light

Jason Davis • July 31, 2019 Years of computer simulations. Countless ground tests. They've all led up to now. The Planetary Society's crowdfunded LightSail 2 spacecraft is successfully raising its orbit solely on the power of sunlight.  Since unfurling the spacecraft's silver solar sail last week, mission managers have been optimizing the way the spacecraft orients itself…

LightSail teams declares success in solar sail experiment – Spaceflight Now

This image was taken by a camera aboard the LightSail 2 satellite during the solar sail deployment sequence at 1849 GMT (2:49 p.m. EDT) on Tuesday, July 23. Credit: The Planetary SocietyThe gentle push of sunlight is slowly changing the orbit of the Planetary Society’s crowd-funded LightSail 2 satellite after it unfurled a thin solar…

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