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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.

A Marathon Day Two at the USA Science & Engineering Festival

Susan Lendroth • October 24, 2010

Day Two of the USA Science & Engineering Festival, and it started with a game of "dodge the marathoners."

Lightsail 1 Lands on National Mall

Susan Lendroth • October 23, 2010

The Planetary Society showcased our solar sail mission, Lightsail 1, at day one of the USA Science & Engineering Festival on Washington DC's National Mall.

Getting ready for the USA Science & Engineering Festival

Susan Lendroth • October 22, 2010

The Planetary Society booth is ready to go for the USA Science & Engineering Festival being held this weekend on the National Mall in Washington DC.

LightSail Update: The International Solar Sailing Symposium

Louis D. Friedman • October 01, 2010

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.

Bill Nye Connects with Space People at IAC

Susan Lendroth • September 30, 2010

The 61st International Astronautical Congress (IAC) is being held in Prague in the Czech Republic, and Bill Nye is attending on behalf of the Planetary Society.

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.

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