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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.

LightSail Readiness Tests Prepare Team for Mission Operations

Jason Davis • April 24, 2015 • 3

The LightSail team continues to prepare for the spacecraft's May test flight with a series of readiness simulations that mimic on-orbit operations.

LightSail Launch Delayed until at least May 20

Jason Davis • April 13, 2015

The Planetary Society’s LightSail spacecraft will have to wait at least two more weeks before setting sail on its maiden voyage.

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