LightSail 2 exhibits successful demonstration of ‘Flight by Light’

Countless ground tests and years of simulation finally paying off! The next big step to enhance space exploration is probably trajectory maneuvering using sunlight.

The spacecraft powered by sunlight marks a breakthrough in space travel by covering 3.2 million miles per day. The propulsion system of LightSail 2 has a singular prospect of being solely based on sunlight, successful and the first of its kind. 


Image captured from SolarSail 2, Image Credits : Engadget

‘Flight by Light’ has been a fictional concept for more than 40 years until the Planetary Society’s crowd-funded satellite LightSail 2 has broken boundaries by using the pressure from sunlight to maneuver through the orbits. It is also deemed as the smallest solar sail to orbit the earth. The team promises to work on tuning the control performance of the solar sail, to record the changes in apogee records over time. The spacecraft is expected to descend into the earth’s atmosphere after a year’s course.

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Having global contributions from over 100 countries, LightSail 2 enunciates the power of public support. The Planetary Society focuses on utilizing this technology for future space explorations.

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Cover Image Source : Universe Today

Source : Express News

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