Planetary Society's LightSail Solar Sail to Launch in May

January 27, 2015 12:49 PM

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Planetary Society's LightSail Solar Sail to Launch in May

A solar sail mission funded entirely by private citizens will launch to Earth orbit just a few months from now.

The nonprofit Planetary Society announced today (Jan. 26) that its first LightSail spacecraft will blast off atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket in May from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, to test out critical systems and technologies ahead of a more involved solar sailing trial...

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