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LightSail 2 is ready for start



Jason Davis • June 24, 2019

Greetings from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, where The Planetary Society is in place for tonight's launch of LightSail 2! This afternoon we got a closer look at the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket that will carry 24 spacecraft to orbit as part of the US Air Force's STP-2 mission. Liftoff is set for 23:30 EDT (03:30 UTC), the start of a 4-hour launch window. LightSail "/>

LightSail

LightSail is a nationally funded project by The Planetary Society to send a small spacecraft, powered solely by sunlight, to Earth's orbit.

The racket's two side runners still carry their branding from the April Arabsat-6A mission, where both boosters successfully flew back to Cape Canaveral for upright landings. The central core is pearly white, has never flown.

You can see tonight's launch live on our website at planetary.org. SpaceX usually starts its webcast about 20 minutes before recording. More information can be found on our LightSail 2 mission page and what we can expect when LightSail 2 is launched in the space article.

Go Falcon Heavy! Go Prox-1

! Go LightSail 2!

  STP-2 with LightSail 2 on the pillow, hangar view

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STP-2 with LightSail 2 on the pillow, hangar view

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Rocket, which carries LightSail 2 and 23 other spacecraft for the US Air Force's STP-2 mission, is ready for launch on June 24, 2019.

  STP-2 with LightSail 2 on the pillow, front view

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STP-2 with LightSail 2 on the cushion, front view

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, which carries LightSail 2 and 23 other spacecraft for the US Air Force's STP-2 mission, is ready for launch on June 24, 2019.

  Team LightSail 2 visits Falcon Heavy

The Planetary Society [19659011] Team LightSail 2 visits Falcon Heavy

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, with LightSail 2 and 23 other spacecraft for US Air Force's STP-2 mission, is ready for launch on June 24, 2019.

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<h5>  STP-2 with LightSail 2 on the cushion, from SpaceX hangar </h5>
<p>SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Rocket, which carries LightSail 2 and 23 other spacecraft for the US Air Force's STP-2 mission, is ready for launch on June 24, 2019.
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  STP-2 with LightSail 2 on cushion, payload proximity

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STP-2 with LightSail 2 on cushion, payload

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Rocket, which carries LightSail 2 and 23 other spacecraft for the US Air Force's STP-2 mission, is ready for launch on June 24, 2019.

  STP-2 with LightSail 2 on the pillow, side view

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STP-2 with LightSail 2 on the pillow, side view

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, which carries LightSail 2 and 23 other spacecraft for the US Air Force's STP-2 mission, is ready for launch on June 24, 2019.

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<h5>  STP-2 with LightSail 2 on the cushion, from the KSC "gator hole" </h5>
<p>SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Rocket, which carries LightSail 2 and 23 other spacecraft for the US Air Force's STP-2 mission, is ready for launch on June 24, 2019.
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  STP-2 with LightSail 2 from the inside of the perimeter fence

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STP-2 with LightSail 2 from inside the perimeter fence

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Rocket, which carries LightSail 2 and 23 other spacecraft for the US Air Force's STP-2 mission, is ready for launch on June 24, 2019.

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