Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/07/23 03:02 CDT
LightSail-A's blown radio amplifier doesn't affect the 2016 SpaceX Falcon Heavy mission, but it adds an unwelcome obstacle to the 2015 test mission's ever-shortening timetable.
We hope you can be with us as we make a major announcement about our solar sail spacecraft, LightSail-1.
Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/06/18 05:55 CDT
The LightSail team has found potential workarounds to solve the spacecraft’s boom deployment problems, but more analysis lies ahead.
The LightSail team continues to investigate problems with the spacecraft’s boom deployment system that postponed a flight system test earlier this month.
Posted by Jason Davis on 2014/06/02 12:19 CDT
Today, I'm joining The Planetary Society full-time as a media producer. My first task is to become an embedded reporter for LightSail, the Society's solar sailing spacecraft.
Chris Biddy from Stellar Exploration Inc. presented information about our LightSail project at the 2012 Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium.
Posted by Bruce Betts on 2011/02/09 11:00 CST
NASA announced that the Planetary Society’s LightSail-1 solar sail mission is on their short list for upcoming launch opportunities. The missions selected are Cubesats destined for piggyback launches as part of NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative.
Posted by Susan Lendroth on 2010/10/24 10:41 CDT
Day Two of the USA Science & Engineering Festival, and it started with a game of "dodge the marathoners."
Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/10/01 12:00 CDT
Japan's IKAROS team stole the show at the International Solar Sailing Symposium in New York City, where they announced that their spacecraft had achieved controlled solar sail flight.
Posted by Louis D. Friedman on 2010/05/27 12:00 CDT
The LightSail-1 spacecraft development is proceeding well. Our engineering team has completed crucial milestones to building the vehicle that will demonstrate the value and potential of using sunlight alone to propel exploratory craft through space.