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Here’s Our First Look at Bill Nye’s Even Bigger, Higher-Flying LightSail

Less than a year after the LightSail cubesat successfully deployed its solar sails in space, the Planetary Society has unveiled its successor, an experimental spacecraft designated LightSail-2. Read More >>

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Proof That the LightSail Satellite Has Unfurled Properly

Over the weekend, the LightSail satellite unfurled its gigantic solar sail to help propel it through space. Now, the first images to be beamed back from the satellite prove that it’s really up and running. Read More >>

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The LightSail Solar-Powered Space-Sailer Has Woken Up

For the last few weeks since its launch, an experimental satellite has been orbiting Earth, unable to make ground contact thanks to a software glitch. But earlier today, the spacecraft’s handlers successfully deployed the little craft’s gigantic sail. Read More >>

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Carl Sagan’s Solar Sail is Ready for its First Test Flight

“There’s just a tremendously exciting prospect called solar sailing. [It] travels on the radiation and particles that come out of the sun, the wind from the sun. Because it has a constant acceleration, it can get you around the inner part of the solar system a lot faster...than the usual sorts of rocket propulsion.” Read More >>