Help Shape the Future of Space Exploration

Join The Planetary Society Now  arrow.png

Join our eNewsletter for updates & action alerts

    Please leave this field empty
The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

LightSail orbit raising strategy

Filed under LightSail

Go Back

LightSail orbit raising strategy By tacking back and forth into the sun's rays like a sailboat, LightSail gradually raises the apoapsis, or high point, of its orbit. The orbit becomes increasingly egg-shaped on the side of the Earth opposite LightSail's solar thrusting.

Jason Davis / The Planetary Society

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder


Other Related Images


Leave a Comment:

You must be logged in to submit a comment. Log in now.

Space in Images

Pretty pictures and
awe-inspiring science.

See More

Join The Planetary Society

Let’s explore the cosmos together!

Become a Member

Connect With Us

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more…
Continue the conversation with our online community!