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LightSail and Prox-1 Start Testing and Integration Process

Jason Davis • October 16, 2015

On opposite sides of the United States, teams are starting the testing process to prepare two spacecraft for a one-of-a-kind in-space rendezvous.

LightSail Gets Backup Burn Wire for 2016 Mission

Jason Davis • September 25, 2015 • 3

LightSail's burn wire, the mission-critical component responsible for releasing the spacecraft's solar panels, will get a backup ahead of next year's solar sailing mission.

How to Download Weather Satellite Images from Space

Jason Davis • September 21, 2015 • 4

For less than $50, you can download images from NOAA satellites using your laptop and a small radio antenna.

A Kilometer Per Day: LightSail Mission Managers Refine Orbit-Raising Plan

Jason Davis • September 04, 2015 • 6

LightSail will spiral away from Earth by about one kilometer per day, according to the latest orbital estimates by Georgia Tech's Space Systems Design Laboratory.

LightSail Lands New Hardware for Laser Ranging

Jason Davis • August 18, 2015 • 2

A cluster of small mirrors will be added to LightSail's aft hull to allow engineers to precisely track its position as it sails around the planet next year.

LightSail Nominated for SmallSat Mission of the Year

Jason Davis • August 11, 2015 • 2

The Planetary Society’s LightSail spacecraft has been nominated for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Small Satellite Technical Committee Mission of the Year 2015 award.

LightSail Workshop Recaps Lessons Learned from Test Mission

Jason Davis • July 16, 2015 • 3

The LightSail team held a workshop in Pasadena to discuss lessons learned from the test mission and plan for the second flight in 2016.

LightSail Project Manager Passes Torch

Jason Davis • July 01, 2015

LightSail project manager Doug Stetson, who helped bring the program from a storage shelf to low-Earth orbit, is passing the torch.

Thank You, LightSail Trackers

Jason Davis • June 19, 2015 • 2

A thank-you to all the space enthusiasts who helped track LightSail during its 25-day test mission.

LightSail Test Mission Ends with Fiery Reentry

Jason Davis • June 15, 2015 • 7

The LightSail test mission is officially over. Following a 25-day stay in low-Earth orbit, the spacecraft tumbled back into Earth’s atmosphere Sunday afternoon.

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