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The Planetary Society: Bill Nye’s Solar-Powered Space-Sailer Has Successfully Deployed

LightSail Deployment from TPS HQ While the deployment commands were being sent from CalPoly, our team here at TPS Headquarters was listening in to all the excitement! While deploying sails, the motor count goes from 0 to 134,200. The reading that 18,000 motor spins had occurred was the announcement we were waiting for! This is …

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The Planetary Society: LightSail – Flight by Light

The first of The Planetary Society’s two LightSail spacecraft will ride to space aboard an Atlas V rocket in May 2015. The mission is a shakedown cruise designed to test out the CubeSat’s critical systems. In 2016, the second LightSail spacecraft will piggyback into orbit aboard the first operational flight of SpaceX’s new Falcon Heavy …

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NASA EDGE: Technology Demonstration Missions 2

NASA EDGE looks at three more Technology Demonstration Missions; the Deep Space Atomic Clock, Solar Sails and the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator.