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It's Alive! It's Alive!

Charlene Anderson • January 20, 2011

It was once thought lost in space, but it looks like NanoSail-D has ejected from its FastSat carrier and is preparing for deployment.

LightSail Update: The International Solar Sailing Symposium

Louis D. Friedman • October 01, 2010

Japan's IKAROS team stole the show at the International Solar Sailing Symposium in New York City, where they announced that their spacecraft had achieved controlled solar sail flight.

LightSail team learns from IKAROS successes

Louis D. Friedman • July 26, 2010

Last week, Bill Nye and I attended the International Solar Sail Symposium at the New York College of Technology.

LightSail team learns from IKAROS successes

Louis D. Friedman • July 26, 2010

While we were in New York for the International Solar Sailing Symposium last week, we held a meeting with the Japanese IKAROS team to discuss technical results and issues in our two projects.

From the Solar Sail Symposium in New York

Louis D. Friedman • July 21, 2010

This week, Bill Nye and I are attending the International Solar Sail Symposium at the New York College of Technology.

IKAROS Begins Attitude Control

Louis D. Friedman • July 01, 2010

The IKAROS spacecraft continues to perform its mission well as its team at the Japan Space Exploration Center moves closer to the first fully controlled solar sail flight.

LightSail 1 Passes Critical Design Review

Louis D. Friedman • June 25, 2010 • 1

LightSail 1, the Planetary Society's new ultra-light Cubesat-based solar sail spacecraft, has passed its Critical Design Review.

IKAROS' deployable camera captures perfect sail photos and animation!

Emily Lakdawalla • June 15, 2010

We've already seen IKAROS' view of its deployed sails from cameras attached to the spacecraft, but, in a brilliant idea, the Japanese built IKAROS with two deployable cameras that could view the thing from a distance.

IKAROS: Successful sail deployment and solar power generation! Hooray!!

Emily Lakdawalla • June 10, 2010

JAXA finally issued the formal announcement: they successfully expanded IKAROS' square sail!

Progress -- with pictures! -- on IKAROS' sail deployment

Emily Lakdawalla • June 09, 2010

Several pictures from the sail deployment monitoring cameras showed up on the IKAROS blog overnight.

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