LightSail deploys its wings and springs to life off the coast of Baja California in MexicoDaniel McCarthy (Author) Published Date : Jun 08, 2015 19:47 IST
The motor of the tiny solar sail, LightSail, sprang to life around 3:47 pm EDT or 19:47 UTC on Sunday afternoon at a coast in Baja California, Mexico and deployed as the spacecraft moved northwest to southwest. According to mission manager David Spenser, All indications are that the solar sail deployment was proceeding nominally, and this was to pinpoint telemetry ground data which indicated that LightSail had moved out of range.
[caption id=attachment_8200 align=aligncenter width=697] Artist's rendering of the Planetary Society's LightSail.[/caption]
LightSail still remains out of range and will stay so till about 2:26 am EDT Monday. It is however expected that ground control teams will soon start moving images taken by LightSail s cameras to its flight system, after which technicians will then download and improve the resolutions of the captured images.
For those who desire to listen in via radio operators from around the globe, they would be able to do that by logging into the Mission Control page of The Planetary Society, and this would enable you to keep up with the progress of the spacecraft as it moves on. Some observatories and astronomers would be participating in the status of the spacecraft as it relates to radio trackers and its positions.
As soon as LightSail s mission comes to an end, Planetary Society is expected to launch another spacecraft that may have the architecture of CubeSat, though having software that is better and more suitable to handle its target purposes.
LightSail deploys its wings and springs to life off the coast of Baja California in Mexico