TPS Launch of "Lightsail" today at 4.05pm Irish Time

9 years 2 months ago #104088 by knolan
Dear Colleagues,

As Outreach Coordinator to Ireland for The Planetary Society (TPS) (co-founded by Carl Sagan), I'm delighted to bring to your attention an exciting space mission launching today.

Today at 4.05pm Irish time TPS will launch a test mission called Lightsail - a spacecraft with a thin milar sail of area 32 square-metres that will literally be pushed through space by sunlight (that is - by the momentum of photons pushing the sail, not using solar power)

This is the first of two missions. This 30 day mission is a test flight to test all systems, with the main mission (using another identical solar sail spacecraft) to be launched by Space-X on our behalf in 2016.

For the 2016 mission, if you would like to send a "selfie" into space, you can upload it at:


You can view today's launch at:


And you can monitor the progress of Lightsail over the next 30 days (and indeed next year's more significant launch) at:




Thanks for your attention on this.

Kind regards,
The following user(s) said Thank You: michael_murphy, Mike, mykc, scfahy

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