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Deployment! LightSail Boom Motor Whirrs to Life

Jason Davis • June 07, 2015 • 16

LightSail's tiny solar sail deployment motor sprung to life Sunday afternoon, marking an important milestone for The Planetary Society’s nail-biting test mission.

LightSail Drama Continues as Spacecraft Wakes for Second Time

Jason Davis • June 06, 2015 • 6

LightSail is back in business, following the second extended outage of the test spacecraft’s mission. The CubeSat checked in at 2:21 p.m. EDT Saturday.

LightSail Falls Silent; Battery Glitch Suspected

Jason Davis • June 04, 2015 • 10

The LightSail test spacecraft fell silent for a second time, less than a day after completing what appeared to be a successful solar panel deployment.

LightSail Solar Panel Deployment: No Pics, but Data Look Good

Jason Davis • June 03, 2015 • 1

LightSail didn’t send home pretty pictures of Earth today, but it did relay promising signs that its deployable solar panels swung successfully out into space.

LightSail Deployment Update: Panels Wednesday, Sails Friday

Jason Davis • June 02, 2015 • 8

LightSail Mission Managers have decided to split the spacecraft’s sail deployment sequence into two segments, following an extended checkout period that wrapped up Tuesday.

First Look: Partial Camera Test Images from LightSail

Jason Davis • June 01, 2015 • 5

A jumbled JPG never looked so pretty. This afternoon, LightSail sent home pieces of two images taken by one of the spacecraft's onboard cameras.

Contact! LightSail Phones Home after 8-Day Silence

Jason Davis • May 30, 2015 • 12

The Planetary Society’s LightSail test spacecraft reported for duty this afternoon, heralding the end of an uneasy silence caused by a suspected software glitch.

LightSail Team Prepares for Sail Deployment

Jason Davis • May 30, 2015 • 8

LightSail is almost ready for its moment in the sun. Mission managers are preparing for a manual solar sail deployment this week.

For LightSail Test Mission, Waiting is the Hardest Part

Jason Davis • May 29, 2015 • 4

The Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft is now entering its second week of silence.

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.

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