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LightSail Launch Event

Richard Chute • May 21, 2019

LightSail 2’s launch window opens on June 22, and we are finalizing plans for our launch viewing celebrations. Once we have finished coordinating the details with the Air Force’s STP-2 mission team and the Kennedy Space Center, we will share them with all of our members and backers so that you can join us in person or remotely via the internet.

NEA Scout unfurls solar sail for full-scale test

Jason Davis • July 13, 2018 • 2

The next time its solar sail is deployed, NEA Scout will be out near the Moon.

NASA, international partners consider solar sail for Deep Space Gateway

Anatoly Zak • September 25, 2017

A Canadian Space Agency proposal would install a solar sail on the outside of the Deep Space Gateway, a miniature space station in lunar orbit.

SLS CubeSats to Set Sail for Deep Space

Jason Davis • February 10, 2016 • 1

When SLS launches Orion to the moon in 2018, a fleet of deep space CubeSats will come along for the ride, including a solar sailing spacecraft similar to LightSail.

Planetary CubeSats Begin to Come of Age

Van Kane • February 17, 2015 • 3

Van Kane rounds up some recent planetary mission concepts based on CubeSat technology.

LightSail update: Launch dates

Jason Davis • July 09, 2014 • 2

I’m excited to report some big news on The Planetary Society’s LightSail project: actual launch dates on actual launch vehicles!

LightSail presented at Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium

Bruce Betts • May 31, 2012 • 20

Chris Biddy from Stellar Exploration Inc. presented information about our LightSail project at the 2012 Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium.

Visiting a Solar Sail in the OC

Mat Kaplan • March 16, 2012

The city of Tustin is about an hour's drive from Planetary Society HQ in Pasadena. That's when the freeway gods are kind, which they never are. The trip I made there yesterday was well worth the trouble.

A new trick for IKAROS: Spinning the other way

Emily Lakdawalla • October 19, 2011

JAXA's solar sail demonstration craft IKAROS is still puttering along, 17 months after it launched, and its controllers back on Earth keep coming up with new things to try with it. I'm pretty amazed by the most recent trick: reversing its spin direction. This may not sound like a big deal, but it is, especially for IKAROS.

Testing Sail Deployment

Louis D. Friedman • March 06, 2011 • 1

The first full scale deployment of the Planetary Society's LightSail 1 solar sail was conducted on March 4, 2011 at Stellar Exploration in San Luis Obispo, California.

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