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It's Official: LightSail Test Flight Scheduled for May 2015

Jason Davis • January 26, 2015 • 3

This May, the first of The Planetary Society's two member-funded LightSail spacecraft is slated to hitch a ride to space for a test flight aboard an Atlas V rocket.

A Look Back at an Amazing Year

Jennifer Vaughn • December 31, 2014

As excited as we are to jump into 2015, I want to take time to reflect on the year coming to a close and applaud all that we’ve accomplished working together.

LightSail Completes Testing, Announcement Expected in January

Jason Davis • December 12, 2014 • 1

The Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft successfully completed testing to prepare it for a possible 2015 test flight.

LightSail Gets Burn Wire Redesign for Round 2 of Vibration Tests

Jason Davis • November 13, 2014 • 7

The Planetary Society's LightSail-A spacecraft is less than three weeks away from an expected go/no-go decision on whether the CubeSat will be launched into space for a shakedown cruise next year.

LightSail Vibration Test Shakes Loose New Problems

Jason Davis • October 30, 2014 • 2

LightSail's random vibration test, meant to simulate the stress of an Atlas V rocket launch, shook loose new problems that the team will have to address.

As Deadlines Loom, LightSail Bends but Doesn't Break

Jason Davis • October 15, 2014 • 5

The Planetary Society's LightSail 1 spacecraft is close to completing a final series of tests that pave the way for a possible 2015 test flight. But as deadlines loom, a new problem has sent the team scrambling to make a quick repair.

More LightSail Day-in-the-Life Multimedia, and a Community Image Processing Challenge

Jason Davis • September 30, 2014 • 2

We have more multimedia from LightSail's day-in-the-life test, as well as a request for some community image processing help.

LightSail Sails through Day-in-the-Life Test

Jason Davis • September 24, 2014 • 3

The Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft passed a major system test in which its solar sails were deployed for the first time in two years.

LightSail Radio Update: New Answers, New Questions

Jason Davis • September 03, 2014 • 5

Two weeks after radio anomalies scrubbed LightSail's day-in-the-life test, the team continues to close in on the source of the problem.

Radio Problems Scrub LightSail's Day-in-the-Life Test

Jason Davis • August 22, 2014 • 1

A pesky radio problem that has occasionally stymied LightSail has returned, scrubbing the mission's day-in-the-life test.

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