Whereas vital, the primary LightSail flight did little greater than show the photon-powered craft was viable. This flight will take issues a step additional. The staff plans to fly the craft in an orbit across the Earth and to check out its maneuverability. In the end, the Planetary Society hopes to make use of the LightSail to propel Cubesat satellites by means of house. “That is historical past within the making—LightSail 2 will essentially advance the know-how of spaceflight,” mentioned Invoice Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society.
The Falcon Heavy rocket is scheduled to launch from the Kennedy Area Middle on June 24th in a four-hour window that begins at 11:30pm ET. If all goes in line with plan, in addition to carrying LightSail 2, this will likely be Falcon Heavy’s first night time launch.