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LightSail is Ready for Launch! Join Us as the Countdown Begins

Jennifer Vaughn • June 27, 2014 • 12

We hope you can be with us as we make a major announcement about our solar sail spacecraft, LightSail 1.

LightSail update: Three steps forward, one step back

Jason Davis • June 18, 2014

The LightSail team has found potential workarounds to solve the spacecraft’s boom deployment problems, but more analysis lies ahead.

LightSail Update: Boom Deployment Diagnosis Continues

Jason Davis • June 11, 2014 • 2

The LightSail team continues to investigate problems with the spacecraft’s boom deployment system that postponed a flight system test earlier this month.

LightSail update: Flight system test delayed

Jason Davis • June 04, 2014 • 2

LightSail's flight system test has been delayed pending resolution of problems that cropped up during deployment of the spacecraft’s solar sail booms.

LightSail is happening, and I'll be your new guide

Jason Davis • June 02, 2014

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.

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.

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.

LightSail 1 on NASA Short List for Upcoming Launch

Bruce Betts • February 09, 2011

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.

Nanosail-D released into space

Louis D. Friedman • January 21, 2011

NASA's Nanosail-D spacecraft surprised everyone, including its controllers, by suddenly deploying from its parent FASTSAT spacecraft and beginning its mission in space.

NASA's Nanosail to Fly this Week

Louis D. Friedman • November 18, 2010

NASA's Nanosail-D, an innovative development by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight and Ames Research Centers, is scheduled to launch on Friday -- and we wish them well.

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