SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Makes History!
Over 23,000 backers joined tens of thousands of Planetary Society members in our LightSail mission, demonstrating the democratization of space.
Dear Planetary Explorers - we’ve just witnessed history!
SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy is now the most powerful operational rocket in the world. It will open new opportunities for getting larger spacecraft into space and on to exciting new destinations… the Moon, and then, Mars!
And, before all of that, it will take our LightSail® spacecraft into Earth orbit later this year. We will demonstrate the principle of “flight by light” with tiny photons transferring momentum to our small three-unit Cubesat.
We’ve all been waiting patiently for this moment since the flight of LightSail 1 in May of 2015. With this successful demonstration flight, SpaceX is now in a position to confirm the schedule for its launches this year. There is a question about whether our mission (a secondary payload on the Air Force’s the STP-2 mission) will be on the 2nd or 3rd flight of the Falcon Heavy, but a launch later this year now seems assured.
We really couldn’t have done this without you. Thank you all for backing our historic mission.
Let’s change the world!
Bill Nye, CEO
The Planetary Society