Planetary Society plans to launch LightSail spacecraft to sail on sunlight

January 27, 2015 10:54 AM

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A non-profit that promotes space exploration – The Planetary Society – has proposed to launch two small crafts to solar-sail around May this year, tagging along with other small satellites on an Atlas 5 rocket. This is demonstrating that sailing on the wings of sunlight is possible through technology developed by space scientists.

“We strongly believe this could be a big part of the future of interplanetary missions,” said William Sanford Nye, the chief executive of the organization. “It will ultimately eventually take a lot of missions a long, long way.”

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