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LightSail-2 Mission Shows Solar Sailing’s Potential for Spaceflight

Jul 31, 2019 - The New York Times

The spacecraft’s controllers on Earth succeeded in steering the spacecraft, demonstrating that mylar sails could be used for propulsion.

Sail on, pushed by the wind of sunlight.

Over the past week, engineers have demonstrated how they can steer LightSail-2, a small privately financed spacecraft with a billowing silver sail. The technology could be used to propel future space probes through the solar system.

Most space missions today are propelled by engines that provide burst...