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New Details Released for Citizen-Funded LightSail Spacecraft Launch

LightSail Arrives in Florida for May 6 Test Flight


Erin Greeson
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UPDATED: LightSail launch delayed until at least May 20. Please stand by for real-time updates. 

More details on Jason Davis' blog

Pasadena, CA (March 9, 2015) – The Planetary Society’s privately funded LightSail spacecraft has arrived in Cape Canaveral, Fla., where it will be integrated with an Atlas V rocket scheduled to launch no earlier than May 6. The spacecraft is part of a secondary payload dubbed ULTRASat, which will fly aboard the U.S. Air Force mission AFSPC-5.

Bill Nye (The Science Guy), CEO at The Planetary Society, issued the following statement:

Our LightSail cubesat passed every one of its tests and has been loaded into its launcher mechanism. I’m naturally happy and excited, but I admit, a bit nervous. We've been working to get a solar sail into space since I joined The Planetary Society Board in 1997. It’s quite a milestone. Deep breath, no turning back now, this baby's on its own now. Here we go…

For complete coverage of the LightSail test flight, as well as the second LightSail mission scheduled for 2016, visit

Previous LightSail press release: January 26, 2015

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