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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.

Planetary Society Selected as Mars 2020 Camera Partner

Bruce Betts • July 31, 2014 • 9

The Planetary Society has been selected as an education outreach partner on the just-selected NASA Mars 2020 Mastcam-Z instrument, led by Jim Bell, Planetary Society Board president and Arizona State University professor.

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.

NASA selects Planetary Society LIFE Proposal

Bruce Betts • June 19, 2014 • 5

NASA has selected a Planetary Society proposal to study accommodation of the Society’s LIFE (Living Interplanetary Flight Experiment) biomodule on NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM).

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.

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