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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…
New LightSail 2 mission dashboard lets anyone check in on solar sail spacecraft’s progress

New LightSail 2 mission dashboard lets anyone check in on solar sail spacecraft’s progress

The Planetary Society has launched a new mission control dashboard for LightSail 2, a crowdfunded spacecraft currently in orbit that’s going to test the performance of a true solar sail that’s moved only by the force of photons from the sun bouncing off its fabric. The dashboard provides the most up-to-date information available for anyone…

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Fortnite won’t #RemoveTheMech, and now Epic has explained its reasoning –...

Since the start of Fortnite's 10th season, conversation around the game has been dominated by one thing: its horrible hulking death robots. Epic has tweaked the mech's design to add in a warning laser and drastically nerf the spawn rate in competitive playlists. But for the vast majority of the playerbase, the B.R.U.T.E. is clearly…

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