LightSail 2 is Ready for Launch – The Planetary Society

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Explore LightSail Featured Projects Space Missions Space Topics Resource Library The Planetary Report MER Update Connect Our Experts Our Members Share Your Story Sign Up for eNews Blogs Bill Nye Emily Lakdawalla Bruce Betts Casey Dreier Mat Kaplan Jason Davis Guest Blogs All Blogs Multimedia Planetary Radio Planetary TV Astronomy Course The Planetary Report The Bruce Murray Space Image Library Get Involved Be A Space Advocate Volunteer Become A Member Gift Memberships Events Travel Jobs Planetary Defender Space For Everyone About Give to The Society About Us Strategic Framework Contact Us Press Room Your Account Login Become A Member Give Membership Shop Join Donate Jason Davis • June 24, 2019 Greetings from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, where The Planetary Society is onsite for tonight’s launch of LightSail 2! This afternoon we got an up-close look at the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket that will carry 24 spacecraft to orbit as part of the U.S. Air Force’s STP-2 mission. Liftoff is set for 23:30 EDT (03:30 UTC), the start of a 4-hour launch window. If for some reason the launch is scrubbed, an identical window is available tomorrow. LightSail LightSail is a citizen-funded project from The Planetary Society to send a small spacecraft, propelled solely by sunlight, to Earth orbit. The rocket’s two side boosters still bear their scorch marks from April’s Arabsat-6A mission, during which both boosters successfully flew back to Cape Canaveral for upright landings. The center core is pearly white, having never flown. You can watch tonight’s launch live on our homepage at planetary.org. SpaceX typically starts their web broadcast about 20 minutes prior to liftoff. For more information, see our LightSail 2 mission page and our What to Expect When LightSail 2 Launches into Space article. Go Falcon Heavy! Go Prox-1! Go LightSail 2!  The Planetary Society STP-2 with LightSail 2 on the pad, hangar view SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, carrying LightSail 2 and 23 other spacecraft for the U.S. Air Force’s STP-2 mission, stands ready for launch on 24 June 2019. The Planetary Society STP-2 with LightSail 2 on the pad, front view SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, carrying LightSail 2 and 23 other spacecraft for the U.S. Air Force’s STP-2 mission, stands ready for launch on 24 June 2019. The Planetary Society Team LightSail 2 visits the Falcon Heavy SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, carrying LightSail 2 and 23 other spacecraft for the U.S. Air Force’s STP-2 mission, stands ready for launch on 24 June 2019. The Planetary Society STP-2 with LightSail 2 on the pad, from SpaceX hangar SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, carrying LightSail 2 and 23 other spacecraft for the U.S. Air Force’s STP-2 mission, stands ready for launch on 24 June 2019. The Planetary Society STP-2 with LightSail 2 on the pad, payload closeup SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, carrying LightSail 2 and 23 other spacecraft for the U.S. Air Force’s STP-2 mission, stands ready for launch on 24 June 2019. The Planetary Society STP-2 with LightSail 2 on the pad, side view SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, carrying LightSail 2 and 23 other spacecraft for the U.S. Air Force’s STP-2 mission, stands ready for launch on 24 June 2019. The Planetary Society STP-2 with LightSail 2 on the pad, from the KSC “gator hole” SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, carrying LightSail 2 and 23 other spacecraft for the U.S. Air Force’s STP-2 mission, stands ready for launch on 24 June 2019. The Planetary Society STP-2 with LightSail 2 from inside the perimeter fence SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, carrying LightSail 2 and 23 other spacecraft for the U.S. Air Force’s STP-2 mission, stands ready for launch on 24 June 2019. Let’s Change the World Become a member of The Planetary Society and together we will create the future of space exploration. Join Today LightSail 2 LightSail 2 will launch aboard the SpaceX Falcon Heavy. Be part of this epic point in space exploration history! Donate “We’re changing the world. Are you in?”- CEO Bill Nye I’m In!
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