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Update on the NASA Authorization Bill

Louis D. Friedman • July 30, 2010

Yesterday, the Planetary Society issued a statement about the request that the U.S. House of Representatives suspend the rules when voting on the NASA Authorization bill, saying, in part, "The future of the space program is too important to rush through a controversial change in policy.

LightSail team learns from IKAROS successes

Louis D. Friedman • July 26, 2010

Last week, Bill Nye and I attended the International Solar Sail Symposium at the New York College of Technology.

LightSail team learns from IKAROS successes

Louis D. Friedman • July 26, 2010

While we were in New York for the International Solar Sailing Symposium last week, we held a meeting with the Japanese IKAROS team to discuss technical results and issues in our two projects.

From the Solar Sail Symposium in New York

Louis D. Friedman • July 21, 2010

This week, Bill Nye and I are attending the International Solar Sail Symposium at the New York College of Technology.

Urgent action required: Please call Senators TODAY

Louis D. Friedman • July 14, 2010

It's time to make phone calls to support space exploration. We're sending the following letter to all our members today, and urge everyone reading this to pick up the phone and take action.

JAXA confirms acceleration of IKAROS solar sail by photon pressure

Louis D. Friedman • July 09, 2010 • 1

The Japanese space agency reported on their web site today that acceleration of the IKAROS spacecraft by solar pressure has been confirmed.

IKAROS Begins Attitude Control

Louis D. Friedman • July 01, 2010

The IKAROS spacecraft continues to perform its mission well as its team at the Japan Space Exploration Center moves closer to the first fully controlled solar sail flight.

LightSail 1 Passes Critical Design Review

Louis D. Friedman • June 28, 2010

LightSail 1, the Planetary Society's new ultra-light Cubesat-based solar sail spacecraft, has passed its Critical Design Review.

LightSail 1 Passes Critical Design Review

Louis D. Friedman • June 25, 2010 • 1

LightSail 1, the Planetary Society's new ultra-light Cubesat-based solar sail spacecraft, has passed its Critical Design Review.

Taking things slowly with IKAROS sail deployment

Louis D. Friedman • June 05, 2010

Planetary Society Executive Director Lou Friedman was at JAXA's Japanese Space Exploration Center to observe the deployment of IKAROS' solar sails.

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