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Spare bandwidth during ground station passes has allowed flight controllers to downlink 2 new high-resolution images.
Sail deployment is now scheduled for no earlier than 21 July 2019.
Pictures taken by the spacecraft's cameras Friday evening show a crescent Earth, as LightSail 2 heads into orbital sunset.
Would you like to see the latest data from The Planetary Society's LightSail 2 spacecraft—possibly before flight controllers have even seen it? Now you can!
The mission team is working through a 73-step checklist to check out the spacecraft’s systems and perform various tests.
The mission team received LightSail 2's first signals on 2 July at 01:34 PDT (08:34 UTC), as the spacecraft passed over Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California.
The Planetary Society's solar sail CubeSat lifted off from Kennedy Space Center, Florida on 25 June at 02:30 EDT (06:30 UTC).
The Planetary Society's solar sailing spacecraft is ready to take flight. We got an up-close look at its ride to orbit.
LightSail 2 is one of 24 spacecraft hitching a ride to orbit as part of the U.S. Air Force's STP-2 mission.
Our preview guide outlines the LightSail 2 mission from start to finish.
LightSail 2 is launching on the next SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It is one payload of many on the mission known collectively as STP-2. Space Test Program (STP) is a crucial part of the US Air Force’s development of advanced technologies in space.
The official launch date is now no earlier than June 24th, and the launch window still opens at 11:30 p.m. eastern time.
While LightSail 1 and 2 look nearly identical at a glance, there are a few important hardware differences between the two spacecraft.
Next Stop: Space!
LightSail 2’s launch window opens on June 22, and we are finalizing plans for our launch viewing celebrations. Once we have finished coordinating the details with the Air Force’s STP-2 mission team and the Kennedy Space Center, we will share them with all of our members and backers so that you can join us in person or remotely via the internet.
The Planetary Society's solar sail spacecraft will lift off 22 June 2019 on a mission to demonstrate the power of sunlight for propulsion.
The Planetary Society's solar sailing CubeSat is officially on the road to launch.
SpaceX also went three-for-three on booster landings, marking another milestone for its Falcon Heavy rocket.
Bruce Betts reports on LightSail 2’s status and looks to the future of solar sailing.