LightSail to launch on a Falcon Heavy


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The Planetary Society announced today that its solar sail experiment, LightSail, will be launched in 2016 on a Falcon Heavy.

It will be a secondary payload on what might be one of Falcon Heavy’s early demo flights. They also say the launch date is scheduled for April 2016, but since the rocket has not yet been tested I wouldn’t take that date too seriously.

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  • Pzatchok

    I like the idea of the light sail but find it a bit limited.

    For one it can only move away from a star or light source. Yet it can be steered by turning the sail but it can never ‘tack’ into the solar wind. It can only tack away.

    And once it leaves the area of the light source it looses all power.

    A nice no mass way to leave the solar system since you can just dump it off when its thrust is no longer enough.

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