When will CubeSail launch?
It was scheduled for launch on May 30th, 2018 but that date has slipped. Please check back for updates as they become available.
What is a solar sail?
A solar sail is the propulsion system, replacing conventional chemical or electric propulsion on most spacecraft. A major advantage of a “propellantless” solar sail is that the need for a relatively massive and expensive propulsive device is avoided thereby dramatically reducing the overall mass of the spacecraft.
What is the sail material made out of?
The sail is 20 square meters of aluminized mylar.
How big is the CubeSail satalite?
The CubeSail is smaller than one might expect it to be, coming in at just 10cm x 10cm x 31cm.
Is the CubeSail propellant very heavy?
No, it's light. Ha!