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Tech & Science Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment

01:50  18 july  2019
01:50  18 july  2019 Source:   techcrunch.com

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New photos from the crowdfunded spacecraft , which is operated by The Planetary Society, provide a The patch was uploaded successfully, according to The Planetary Society, and the spacecraft overall is The earliest possible date for solar sail deployment is July 21, which is this Sunday, but

New photos from the crowdfunded spacecraft , which is operated by The Planetary Society, provide a stunning high-resolution look The spacecraft just got a firmware update that corrected some issues with its orientation control after a test of its solar sailing mode, absent the actual use of the sail itself.

Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment © TechCrunch Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment

LightSail 2 may still have at least a few days to go before it begins its primary purpose, by unfurling the solar sail it has on board and finding out more about propelling a spacecraft using only the force of photons, but it's not wasting any time on its orbital voyage. New photos from the crowdfunded spacecraft, which is operated by The Planetary Society, provide a stunning high-resolution look at the Earth from its unique vantage point.

The spacecraft just got a firmware update that corrected some issues with its orientation control after a test of its solar sailing mode, absent the actual use of the sail itself. The patch was uploaded successfully, according to The Planetary Society, and the spacecraft overall is "healthy and stable" as it stands. The earliest possible date for solar sail deployment is June 21, which is this Sunday, but that'll depend on the mission team's confidence in it actually being ready to unfurl and use successfully.

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Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 just snapped some incredible photos of the Earth days before it's planning to unfurl its solar sails . READ MORE: Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment [Tech Crunch].

LightSail 2 Deploys Solar Sail to Surf the Sun's Rays. "All indications are that # LightSail 2 has deployed its solar sail as planned. We will now confirm deployment was successful by downloading imagery," The Planetary Society shared via Evolution of Solar Sails for Space Travel ( Photos ).

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LightSail 2's development was funded in part via a successful crowdfunding campaign run by the Bill Nye-led Planetary Society, and continues to seek funding for its ongoing operation on Crowdrise. Its goal is to test a spacecraft's ability to fly powered only by the force of photons from the Sun striking a solar sail constructed of mylar. This method of space-based transportation is extremely slow to get started, but thanks to the inertia-free medium of outer space, it could be an extremely energy-efficient way for research craft to travel long distances.

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Planetary Society launched its crowdfunded LightSail 2 spacecraft on June 25. The solar sail is just 4.5 Stunning new images snapped in orbit show LightSail 2 ’s solar sail outstretched and ready to take on ‘ Sail deployment complete! We’re sailing on sunlight!’ the Planetary Society tweeted after

LightSail 2 , a spacecraft funded in part thanks to crowdfunding by a community of space enthusiasts, already made history when it launched aboard The benefits of solar sail propulsion are that it’s very low-cost and could potentially operate for a very long time, allowing us to study the far

Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment
Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment
Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment
Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment
Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment
Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment
Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment
Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment
Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment
Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment
Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment
Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment
Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment
Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment
Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment
Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment
Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment
Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment
Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment
Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment
Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment
Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment
Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment
Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment
Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment
Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment
Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment
Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment
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