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A Busy Summer

The Planetary Report • December Solstice 2018

Bruce Betts reports on LightSail 2’s status and looks to the future of solar sailing.

LightSail 2 launch pushed to early 2019

Jason Davis • October 29, 2018 • 2

An Air Force official says an ‘initial launch capability’ is being reassessed.

How LightSail and a NASA study helped pave the way for Mars-bound CubeSats

Jason Davis • September 26, 2018 • 1

Two NASA CubeSats are approaching Mars — an impressive accomplishment for a concept many people regarded with derision just 15 years ago.

The day I caught rocket fever

MaryLiz Bender • September 20, 2018 • 3

On February 6, 2018, I found myself shoulder to shoulder with two of my heroes: Bill Nye on the left, Buzz Aldrin on the right. Our eyes were fixed on the first vertical Falcon Heavy rocket. Figuring the world's most powerful rocket might send me flying backwards once the countdown hit zero, I gripped the railing so tightly I started to lose the feeling in my fingertips.

LightSail 2 updates: Launch date slips, environmental test complete, new video released

Jason Davis • August 08, 2018

LightSail 2's ride to space won't happen until at least November 30, as SpaceX works through a list of other payloads in line to fly first.

LightSail 2 team completes key mission review and dress rehearsal

Jason Davis • July 26, 2018 • 3

The LightSail 2 team gathered in Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for a Mission Readiness Review (MRR) and Operational Readiness Test (ORT).

LightSail 2 launch slips to Fall

Jason Davis • May 11, 2018 • 3

The second flight of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket is now scheduled for no earlier than October 30, 2018.

Pew pew! Lasers will help determine where LightSail 2 is

Jason Davis • April 25, 2018

The International Laser Ranging Service, or ILRS, will lend its services to the LightSail 2 mission.

LightSail 2 doubles the fun with double integrations

Jason Davis • March 20, 2018 • 1

LightSail 2 is integrated in Prox-1! It's another important step toward launch day.

LightSail 2 launch update

Jason Davis • March 02, 2018 • 2

The Planetary Society's solar sailing CubeSat is scheduled to head to space during a 60-day period starting on June 13.

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