Crowdfunded LightSail 2 spacecraft succeeds in flying on sunlight alone

Space exploration nonprofit The Planetary Society is celebrating a stack of wins today, after announcing that its LightSail 2 spacecraft, which was funded in part through a crowdfunding campaign, has

The Planetary Society’s crowdfunded LightSail 2 deploys its solar sail in orbit

Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 is making good on its name, after successfully unfurling its solar sail in orbit so that it can begin propelling itself using the force of light alone. The sail&#821

Watch crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 unfurl its solar sail live

The Planetary Society’s pioneering spacecraft LightSail 2 is getting ready for its big moment — deploying the solar sail it carries on board, which should be able to propel the spacecraft

Ikaros: Photos of solar-powered "Space Yacht" in outer space

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/ikaros-620x430.jpg" /> We first blogged about <a href="http://www.jaxa.jp/press/2010/06/20100616_ikaros_e.html">Ikaros</a>, a solar powe