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Software Glitch Pauses LightSail Test Mission

Jason Davis • May 26, 2015 • 38

The Planetary Society’s LightSail test mission has been paused while engineers wait out a suspected software glitch that has silenced the solar sailing spacecraft.

LightSail Update: All Systems Nominal

Jason Davis • May 21, 2015 • 4

It's been 24 hours since The Planetary Society’s LightSail spacecraft was deposited into space yesterday afternoon. All systems continue to look healthy.

LightSail Sends First Data Back to Earth

Jason Davis • May 20, 2015 • 10

LightSail is sending home telemetry following a Wednesday commute to orbit aboard an Atlas V rocket.

Liftoff! LightSail Sails into Space aboard Atlas V Rocket

Jason Davis • May 20, 2015 • 4

The first of The Planetary Society’s two LightSail spacecraft is now in space following a late morning launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

In Pictures: LightSail’s Rocket Rolls to the Launch Pad

Jason Davis • May 19, 2015 • 3

Pictures of The Planetary Society’s LightSail spacecraft rollout to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex 41.

Timeline: LightSail's First Day in Space

Jason Davis • May 19, 2015 • 1

It's the day before launch at Cape Canaveral. Here's a timeline of events for LightSail's first day in space.

LightSail Launch Countdown: Ready for Rollout

Jason Davis • May 18, 2015

It’s launch week in Cape Canaveral, Florida, where The Planetary Society’s LightSail spacecraft is buttoned up for flight aboard an Atlas V rocket. Liftoff is scheduled Wednesday sometime between 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. EDT.

We Love A Crowd!

Richard Chute • May 14, 2015 • 2

This month, at the same time that The Planetary Society is launching the long-anticipated LightSail prototype for a shakedown cruise, we are excited to launch another “first”—our first-ever Kickstarter campaign.

In Pictures: LightSail, Meet X-37B

Jason Davis • May 08, 2015 • 1

United Launch Alliance has released photos showing the Air Force's X-37B spaceplane being stacked on its Atlas V at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

What Images Will We Get Back from the LightSail Test Mission?

Jason Davis • May 08, 2015 • 3

With less than two weeks before launch, here's an in-depth look at whether the LightSail test mission's attitude control system bug will keep us from seeing pretty pictures taken by the spacecraft.

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