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Old 05-06-2015, 04:18 PM
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LightSail – Flight by Light

I thought I had posted this already this morning. Sad when the mind goes into a spin from which you can only hope to recover from. Anyway.

LightSail – Flight by Light (full version)
Planetary Society?s LightSail 1 Takes Flight In May | DanSpace77
https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=267&v=bI_FH_2Cqr8
Cosmic Queries: LightSail with Bill Nye | StarTalk Radio Show by Neil deGrasse Tyson

It’s kind of like we are on the very first stage of Star Wars. wc
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How would you like to go Sail with me through space for ever? Real simple. Take a photo of yourself and send it to "LightSail" and here we go. wc

LightSail Test Launch
Selfie to Space | The Planetary Society

LightSail: A Revolutionary Solar Sailing Spacecraft
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I misspoke before. This LightSail will not curse the blankness of space after all with all of our names. Those who did sigh up for this will get instead several laps around the world with it becoming bigger and bigger till it all goes black and we burn up. Sorry about that. Have a nice day. wc
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Cool, hadn't heard much about lightsails lately.
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6/1/2015
LightSail Solar Sail Test Flight Stalled by Software Glitch
Solar-sailing CubeSat goes silent in orbit
The Planetary Society's tiny LightSail spacecraft has gone silent in Earth orbit, apparently victimized by a software glitch.
LightSail Solar Sail Test Flight Stalled by Software Glitch


Artist's illustration of The Planetary Society's LightSail CubeSat in orbit, with its solar sail deployed. LightSail experienced a software problem on May 22, 2015, two days after launching, and is currently unresponsive.
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CubSat's to Mars

Two Tiny 'CubeSats' Will Watch 2016 Mars Landing



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LightSail deployment set for this week

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LightSail deployment set for this week | Spaceflight Now
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Update June 6,2015: LightSail pproblems corrected. Maybe.

LightSail deployment set for this week June 1, 2015
LightSail deployment set for this week | Spaceflight Now
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Satellite comes back to life, deploys solar sail on second try

Satellite comes back to life, deploys solar sail on second try | Spaceflight Now
Mission managers say the shoebox-sized LightSail satellite powered up its tiny deployment motor Sunday, and data from the diminutive spacecraft indicate its experimental solar sail unfurled in orbit 220 miles above Earth.
The deployment sequence began at 3:47 p.m. EDT (1947 GMT) off the west coast of Baja California, when LightSail was in radio contact with a ground station in San Luis Obispo, California.
Reentry will be Sunday June 14th, 2015. There is a second launch of another LightSail in 2016 which will be placing the LightSail into a higher orbit in order to do real sailing in the way it was designed to do.
Mission Control LightSail - Mission Control Center | The Planetary Society
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Lightsail models

Good info and status links. Press telecon at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7LW...ature=youtu.be .

An interesting model is available at LightSail-1 Scale Model . Really unique construction materials.

Half-scale model is up in our downloads under sci fi & real space, real space, unmanned. Challenging only if you want to include a deployed sail.

Full scale version being passed back and forth with the Planetary Society - should be out shortly.

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The troll who's been fooling with the satellite ...
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