Publish button
Download
Login to download. Need an ID and password? Register now!
RUIMTEVAART: LightSail 2 – Vliegen door licht infographic
Responsive button
Adapt

Countdown voor LightSail 2

03/12/2019
Graphic News

April 1, 2019 -- LightSail 2 is de tweede van drie satellieten, gebouwd om de haalbaarheid aan te tonen om ruimtevaartuigen op zonne-straling te laten werken

The much-delayed LightSail 2 is a project to demonstrate controlled solar sailing using a miniature CubeSat satellite. It is due to launch from the Kennedy Space Center sometime in April 2019, as a secondary payload onboard the first commercial flight for Space X’s new Falcon Heavy rocket.

Developed by the not-for-profit Planetary Society, LightSail measures a diminutive 10cm x 10cm x 30cm when in stowed configuration, but will expand dramatically to 565cm x 565cm x 30cm when its solar sail is fully unfurled.

This second mission is designed to see if LightSail can move into higher orbits around the Earth using only photons from the sun to push it along.

The previous mission in 2015 successfully tested the mechanical booms which unwind to drag the folded sail into place.


NEW GRAPHIC NEWS - a new website for a new era.

28 years ago — April 2, 1991 — the original Graphic News launched using a precursor to today’s websites that used email technology. These enabled infographics to be delivered electronically around the world over telephone lines. What was possible was very limited - It took 10 minutes for a 100K file to download.

Since then delivery speeds and website technology have moved on. The new website will offer the best online experience possible now, adding many new features (and offering new opportunities for the future), but still enabling existing users to select and download infographics and enjoy the distinct brand of visual journalism that is Graphic News.


Over the coming weeks I will give further information. Please contact me if you have any questions. Fiona Roberts, froberts @ graphicnews.com



Cookies