LightSail

LightSail
LightSail
LightSail
LightSail
LightSail
LightSail
Name LightSail
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Organisation The Planetary Society
Institution Non-profit
Entity Academic / Education
Nation US
Oneliner

Demonstrate the deployment of a 32 m2 solar sail from a 3-unit CubeSat platform.

Description

Demonstrate the deployment of a 32 m2 solar sail from a 3-unit CubeSat platform. Following deployment from the launch vehicle, LightSail will power on engineering subsystems, and a system checkout will be performed. It is anticipated that solar sail deployment will occur approximately two weeks after launch. Following sail deployment, engineering telemetry and imaging of the sail deployment event will be downlinked. LightSail-3 will go to the Sun-Earth Libration Point, L1, where solar sails could be permanently placed as solar weather stations.

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Keywords Solar sail, Propulsion

Related Spacecraft

Name Status Launch Orbit
LightSail-A (LightSail 1) Reentry 2015-06-15. Was operational until 2015-06-11. Various problems, but did deploy solar sail. 2015-05-20 360 x 700 km, 55 deg
LightSail 2 (LightSail-B, LightSail-2) Reentry 2022-11-19. Was operational (Rocket Lab post on Twitter on 2022-03-17) 2019-06-25 710 km, 24 deg
LightSail-C (LightSail-3) cancelled (No plans for follow-on mission as per Kickstarter comments in 2019) x_cancelled Sun-Earth Libration Point L1

Last modified: 2022-12-29
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