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LightSail 2 features sails for surfing the sun

A bread-sized spacecraft has finally become a solar canvas.

On Tuesday (July 23) about 2:47 am. EDT (1847 GMT), an on-board engine of the small LightSail 2 cubesat, began using the 344-square-foot (32-square-foot) solar canvas that is the size of a boxing ring. LightSail 2 is the plan for the passion of the Planetary Society, and the space security organization wants to demonstrate that solar surfing is a viable propulsion technology for spacecraft.

"We are very excited to go through this enormous stage," said Jennifer Von, Chief Operating Officer of The Planetary Society during the actual deployment of the spacecraft's control center in California. "We already have a sail, it is time to sail! … We are now starting the very difficult process of sailing in space." Sunrise: LightSail 2 rises higher than spacecraft

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1; Ikaros – in May 2010 and called it "sun yacht". This project, which deployed its sailing in June 2010, proved that the thin membrane attached to the body of the spacecraft can propel the vehicle forward by collecting momentum from the pressure of light particles called photons emitted by the sun. In November 2010, NASA launched a small cloud-like canvas called Nanosail-D.

But since then, solar sailing has remained in the mud. The purpose of the planetary society for the Lightsail 2 mission was to change that by spending a year in orbit around Earth powered by photons.

"All indications are that # LightSail2 has unleashed its solar cloth as planned, and Twitter is shared in another tweet, the organization said it would" to link images to the remaining tracking gaps to confirm. "

and The Planetary Society confirmed that the spacecraft took pictures during the deployment maneuver