HOUSTON—After an attitude control system check delay, The Planetary Society reported a successful July 23 deployment of the Light Sail-2 (LS-2) mission spacecraft’s 344-sq.-ft. Mylar solar sail. It now begins a month-long altitude-raising demonstration using sunlight as a propulsion source. Based on telemetry received at the LS-2 mission control at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California, the deployment was successfully completed at 2:52 p.m. EDT. The largely crowd-sourced, $7 ...


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