The Planetary Society reports that its solar sail will launch in early 2019. The sail is a secondary payload on a US Air Force and SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch. The Falcon Heavy was previously targeting November 30 for a launch.
Falcon Heavy customer Arabsat still expects to launch as early as January 2019.
Either the Arabsat launch will be launched earlier than the Air Force launch or the Arabsat Falcon Heavy will also be delayed.
LightSail 2 launch pushed to early 2019
— Planetary Society (@exploreplanets) October 29, 2018
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