LightSail 2 Deploys Solar Sail

Artist’s concept of LightSail 2 above Earth. (Credit: Josh Spradling / The Planetary Society)

Update: Wednesday, 24 July 2019

10:00 PDT

Flight controllers successfully downloaded partial imagery from LightSail 2 this morning that confirm the solar sail is fully deployed. Upon completion of image downlink during subsequent ground station passes, The Planetary Society will issue a full story.

New data points from LightSail 2 telemetry show the solar sail was in its expected orientation during ground station overflights. Once the mission team has completed imagery downlink, they will move on to stored telemetry files, which will allow them to more thoroughly evaluate the sail’s performance.