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LightSail Prepares for Its Day-in-the-Life Test

Jason Davis • 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.

Watch a Recap of LightSail's Live LightSail Launch Announcement

Jason Davis • 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.

LightSail 1 Has a Blown Radio Amplifier. Now What?

Jason Davis • July 23, 2014 • 1

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.

LightSail update: Launch dates

Jason Davis • July 09, 2014 • 2

I’m excited to report some big news on The Planetary Society’s LightSail project: actual launch dates on actual launch vehicles!

LightSail update: Of booms and pretty pictures

Jason Davis • July 01, 2014 • 3

The latest series of LightSail boom deployment tests went smoothly, paving the way for a full system test later in July.

LightSail is Ready for Launch! Join Us as the Countdown Begins

Jennifer Vaughn • June 27, 2014 • 12

We hope you can be with us as we make a major announcement about our solar sail spacecraft, LightSail 1.

LightSail update: Three steps forward, one step back

Jason Davis • June 18, 2014

The LightSail team has found potential workarounds to solve the spacecraft’s boom deployment problems, but more analysis lies ahead.

LightSail Update: Boom Deployment Diagnosis Continues

Jason Davis • June 11, 2014 • 2

The LightSail team continues to investigate problems with the spacecraft’s boom deployment system that postponed a flight system test earlier this month.

LightSail update: Flight system test delayed

Jason Davis • June 04, 2014 • 2

LightSail's flight system test has been delayed pending resolution of problems that cropped up during deployment of the spacecraft’s solar sail booms.

LightSail is happening, and I'll be your new guide

Jason Davis • 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.

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