Anyone interested in helping space exploration expand even faster are sure to enjoy backing the new Kickstarter project for the LightSail revolutionary solar sailing spacecraft.
A solar sail is a massive sail that is sheet of reflective material that uses the suns rays to create momentum pushing the spacecraft forward.
The LightSail CubeSat precept will use this propulsion to revolutionise access to space for low-cost citizen projects, watch the video below to learn more from Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society.
“I invite you to come along on a cosmic journey with me by participating in a mission to sail a spacecraft, a tiny CubeSat no bigger than a breadbox, on beams of light. Imagine it: unlimited free energy from the Sun will provide CubeSats with propulsion and revolutionize access to space for low-cost citizen projects—projects like ours or by teams of students and faculty at universities.
This means that spacecraft, especially small ones like CubeSats, won’t have to carry heavy fuels into orbit, and that the acceleration will be continuous. Even better, this is a journey that is directly funded by the world’s citizens, like you, rather than by governments. LightSail™ is truly “the people’s spacecraft.”
For more information on the new LightSail revolutionary solar sailing spacecraft jump over to the Kickstarter website for details.