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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.

Firming Up the Spacecraft Design

Louis D. Friedman • May 27, 2010

The LightSail 1 spacecraft development is proceeding well. Our engineering team has completed crucial milestones to building the vehicle that will demonstrate the value and potential of using sunlight alone to propel exploratory craft through space.

Akatsuki and IKAROS getting ready for launch, with your names aboard

Emily Lakdawalla • May 07, 2010

I've been so focused on the dramatic return of "Mr. Hayabusa" that I've neglected to write much about two up-and-coming Japanese missions: Akatsuki and IKAROS.

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