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LightSail 2 Mission Control

LightSail 2 mission patch

LightSail 2 Mission Control

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This chart shows LightSail 2’s orbit apogee and perigee since 12 July 2019. Sail deployment occurred on 23 July 2019. The entire dataset can be downloaded here.
The Planetary Society / Data courtesy of NXTRAC

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LightSail 2 Successfully Deploys Solar Sail
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Live Coverage: LightSail 2 Sail Deployment
Visit planetary.org/live for video and audio from mission control, located at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California.

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LightSail 2 Sail Deployment Scheduled for Tuesday
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LightSail 2 Team Continues Tweaks and Tests for Sail Deployment
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LightSail 2 Team to Conduct More Testing before Sail Deployment
Sail deployment is now scheduled for no earlier than 21 July 2019.

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Liftoff of LightSail 2

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