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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.

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.

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