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Are you an engineer, academic or space enthusiast looking to build on our work? Here are some resources that may help. We have schematics, links to peer-reviewed papers, parts lists and high-resolution imagery.

Schematics

Academics

Betts, B., Nye, B., Vaughn, J., Greeson, E., Chute, R., Spencer, D., Ridenoure, R., Munakata, R., Wong, S., Diaz, A., Stetson, D., Foley, J., Bellardo, J. and Plante, B. (2017): LightSail 1 Mission Results and Public Outreach Strategies. Paper presented at Fourth International Symposium on Solar Sailing 2017, Kyoto, Japan.

Betts, B., Spencer, D., Nye, B., Munakata, R., Bellardo, J., Wong, S., Diaz, A., Ridenoure, R., Plante, B., Foley, J. and Vaughn, J. (2017): LightSail 2: Controlled Solar Sailing Using a CubeSat. Paper presented at Fourth International Symposium on Solar Sailing 2017, Kyoto, Japan.

Hilverda, M. & Davis, J. (2015): Communicating LightSail: Embedded Reporting and Web Strategies for Citizen-Funded Space Missions. Poster session presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall 2015 Meeting, San Francisco, CA. (warning: 25 MB file)

Plante, B., Spencer, D., Betts, B., Chait, S., Bellardo, J., Diaz, A. and Pham, I (2017): LightSail 2 ADCS: From Simulation to Mission Readiness. Paper presented at Fourth International Symposium on Solar Sailing 2017, Kyoto, Japan.

Ridenoure, R., Spencer, D., Stetson, D., Betts, B., Munakata, R., Wong, S., Diaz, A., Plante, B., Foley, J., and Bellardo, J. (2015): Status of the Dual CubeSat LightSail Program. Paper presented at AIAA SPACE 2015 Conference and Exposition, Pasadena, CA.

Ridenoure, R., Munakata, R., Diaz, A., Wong, S., Plante, B., Stetson, D., Spencer, D., and Foley, J. (2015): LightSail Program Status: One Down, One to Go, Proceedings of the 29th Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites, Logan, Utah, USA, August 8-13, 2015, paper: SSC15-V-3.

Ridenoure, R., Munakata, R., Diaz, A., Wong, S., Plante, B., Stetson, D., Spencer, D., and Foley, J., “Testing The LightSail Program: Demonstrating Solar Sailing Technology Using a CubeSat Platform,” Journal of Small Satellites, Vol 5, No. 3, October 2016.

Parts List

Here is a document listing LightSail’s major systems and subsystems.

Imagery

These high-resolution images show LightSail 2 in various mission configurations.

LightSail 2 ground finale

Jason Davis / The Planetary Society

LightSail 2 ground finale
LightSail 2 sits on the deployment table following a boom deployment test at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on Dec. 6, 2016.
LightSail 2

Jason Davis / The Planetary Society

LightSail 2
The Planetary Society's LightSail 2 spacecraft sits on its deployment table following a successful day-in-the-life test at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on May 23, 2016.
LightSail 2 after antenna deployment

Jason Davis / The Planetary Society

LightSail 2 after antenna deployment
LightSail 2 sits in the clean room following antenna deployment, as members of the operations team watch from their stations.
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