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• 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
Today, I'm joining The Planetary Society full-time as a media producer. My first task is to become an embedded reporter for LightSail, the Society's solar sailing spacecraft.
• May 31, 2012
Chris Biddy from Stellar Exploration Inc. presented information about our LightSail project at the 2012 Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium.
Louis D. Friedman
• March 06, 2011
The first full scale deployment of the Planetary Society's LightSail 1 solar sail was conducted on March 4, 2011 at Stellar Exploration in San Luis Obispo, California.
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