Light Sail-2 (LS-2), a largely crowdfunded solar sail project that could one day help resupply human missions to Mars, received a boost from the success of a spacecraft propulsion demonstration. Within days of the July 23 deployment of its 32-m2 (344-ft.2) solar sail, the 11-lb. LS-2 small satellite’s Earth orbital apogee increased by 1.7 km (1.1 mi.), The Planetary Society—a Pasadena, California-based nonprofit—announced on July 31. “We are thrilled to declare ...


"Light Sail-2 Uses Sunlight To Control A Small Satellite" is part of Aviation Week & Space Technology’s subscription package. 

Subscribe now to read this full article. And by subscribing, you'll also receive full coverage of what's next in technology from the experts trusted by the global aerospace & defense community. 


Already registered? Log in here.