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• August 12, 2014
LightSail-A's radio system has been fixed, and the spacecraft is now preparing for its August 20 day-in-the-life test.
• August 07, 2014
Watch a recap of The Planetary Society's live LightSail Launch Announcement, which took place July 9 at the KPCC Crawford Family Forum.
• July 23, 2014
LightSail 1's blown radio amplifier doesn't affect the 2016 SpaceX Falcon Heavy mission, but it adds an unwelcome obstacle to the 2015 test mission's ever-shortening timetable.
• July 09, 2014
I’m excited to report some big news on The Planetary Society’s LightSail project: actual launch dates on actual launch vehicles!
• July 01, 2014
The latest series of LightSail boom deployment tests went smoothly, paving the way for a full system test later in July.
• June 27, 2014
We hope you can be with us as we make a major announcement about our solar sail spacecraft, LightSail 1.
• June 18, 2014
The LightSail team has found potential workarounds to solve the spacecraft’s boom deployment problems, but more analysis lies ahead.
• June 11, 2014
The LightSail team continues to investigate problems with the spacecraft’s boom deployment system that postponed a flight system test earlier this month.
• June 04, 2014
LightSail's flight system test has been delayed pending resolution of problems that cropped up during deployment of the spacecraft’s solar sail booms.
• June 02, 2014
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