The Planetary Society plans to power a spacecraft using the pressure of sunlight reflecting off huge solar sails. The first craft in the project, dubbed 'LightSail,' is scheduled to take flight by the end of 2010. LightSail-1, a demonstration craft, will have four triangular sails made of 32 square meters of mylar, arranged in a kite-like diamond shape. Planned later efforts will go further using the technology. We'll talk with Louis Friedman, Executive Director of The Planetary Society, about his group's plans.
Produced by Christopher Intagliata, Senior Producer