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Cal Poly shows off LightSail cubesat before summer launch

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A small spacecraft partially designed and built at Cal Poly is scheduled to launch into space on the next Falcon Heavy rocket. 

The LightSail 2 is about the size of a loaf of bread right now.
     
When it's in space, its sails will unfold and it will grow to be the size of a boxing ring orbiting earth.
     
The LightSail was built in partnership with The Planetary Society.
     
It will be the organization's first attempt at controlled earth-orbit solar sail flight.
     
Its creators say it's revolutionary because being able to launch small space crafts makes space more accessible to everyone. 

"Space is for everybody and we want to keep it that way," said The Planetary Society Creative Director Merc Boyan. 

the LightSail 2 is scheduled to launch this summer from Kennedy Space Center on the same Falcon 9 rocket that sent Elon Musk's Tesla into space.
 

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