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Author Topic: Solar Sail Satellite Lightsail-2 Now Transmitting Morse Code Beacon  (Read 153 times)

Online Josh

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Lightsail-2 is a solar sail experiment which successfully launched on a Space-X Falcon Heavy on 25 June, and was released into orbit on July 2nd. A solar sail is a type of spacecraft that uses a large metallic foil to create propulsion via photons from the sun hitting it. Lightsail-2 is still undergoing testing, so it has not yet deployed it's solar sail, but recent updates indicate that it is healthy.
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Thanks, Josh. I'm gonna give it a listen after I check the orbital predictions.
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Would i be able to pick the beacon up with my handheld scanner?
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Would i be able to pick the beacon up with my handheld scanner?

2019-036A is 709 x 724 km, orbit inclination 24...use satellite tracking to compute max elevation your location
« Last Edit: July 14, 2019, 0046 UTC by sat_dxer »
Most times & frequencies posted are only an approximation.
Due to adulteration of the E.N.I.G.M.A. "designators" by others and not a match in the Conet Project they are never used.
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Would i be able to pick the beacon up with my handheld scanner?

2019-036A is 709 x 724 km, orbit inclination 24...use satellite tracking to compute max elevation your location

I have a satellite tracking app on my iPhone so that might help
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