LightSail deploys, then falls silent again

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Though it appears that LightSail has successfully deployed its solar sail — the main objective of this engineering flight, the Planetary Society cubesat ceased communications shortly thereafter.

To confirm the success of the mission they need to re-establish communications, which they hope will happen when the spacecraft’s orbit exposes it to more sunlight and the battery gets charged.

One comment

  • Dick Eagleson

    Successfully deployed the solar panels, not the sail. Sail apparently can’t deploy until solar panels adequately charge up the on-board battery.

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