Join Donate

Planetary TVSciTech

LightSail 1 Mission Trailer

Please accept marketing-cookies to watch this video.

CubeSats are tiny, low-cost satellites that have opened up new avenues of space research for universities and small organizations. To help CubeSat applications reach the next level, The Planetary Society is testing an elegant propulsion method called solar sailing that could help CubeSats maneuver in Earth orbit and reach interplanetary destinations.

LightSail-1 is a citizen-funded mission scheduled to launch in 2016 aboard the SpaceX Falcon Heavy.

Animation created by Josh Spradling.

You are here:
Comments & Sharing
astronaut on Phobos
Let's Change the World

Become a member of The Planetary Society and together we will create the future of space exploration.

Join Today

Every Mission Counts

Take action today and your gift will go twice as far to increase NASA budgets and advance space priorities.