The Planetary Society has announced that its LightSail 2 solar spacecraft has managed to raise its orbit using only solar power, successfully demonstrating that flight powered by light is a viable option for CubeSats. The milestone follows the unfurling of LightSail 2’s solar sail last week, which itself followed the spacecraft’s launch in late June.
LightSail 2 is a solar-powered spacecraft featuring several on-board batteries and a silver solar sail. The vessel was launched with the intention of demonstrating that solar power is a viable option for powering CubeSats, something the team has successfully accomplished, the Planetary Society announced on Tuesday.
The LightSail 2 team confirmed that over the last four days, the spacecraft has increased the high point of its orbit by around 1.2 miles, the same distance change ass