LightSail 2 sends its first signals back to Earth

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LightSail 2 sends its first signals back to Earth

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The mission team of the Planetary Society confirmed on Wednesday that it has established two-way communications with LightSail 2 and is running various tests.

After the tests, the mission team will deploy LightSail 2’s 32-square meter solar sail.

The spacecraft sent its first signal back to Earth yesterday as it flew over mission control in Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

The solar spacecraft is orbiting on its own after being delivered to space last week aboard Space X’s Falcon Heavy.

For a highlight reel of the spacecraft’s mission by the Planetary Society, check out this video.

Unlike traditional spacecraft which rely on rocket engines, LightSail 2’s design is powered by photons from the sun.

Mission ground stations at Georgia Tech and Purdue University have also received signals from LightSail 2.

" Bruce Betts, said LightSail program manager and Planetary Society chief scientist in a statement.

The crowdfunded solar spacecraft is orbiting on its own.

Over the next few days, a time will be set for LightSail 2 to deploy its signature solar sails which will propel it forward.

The crowdfunded solar spacecraft is orbiting on its own.

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