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‘Mission success’: Solar sail shifts its orbit

It may be “mission accomplished” for the Planetary Society’s solar sail experiment, but its privately funded LightSail 2 mission is far from over. Five weeks after LightSail 2’s launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, the nonprofit membership society celebrated the … Continue reading

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LightSail 2 opens up in orbit to fly on sunshine

The nonprofit Planetary Society says its LightSail 2 experiment spread out its solar sails today, nearly a month after it took a piggyback ride to orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. Following through on 2015’s LightSail 1 mission, this latest flight is designed … Continue reading

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Falcon Heavy puts solar sail and much more in orbit

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket had its first night launch tonight, sending 24 different spacecraft toward three different types of orbit to test a wide range of technologies. The triple-barreled rocket rose into the sky from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space … Continue reading

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