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Date Headline
2015 Jun 04 Space News
LightSail Back on Track for Solar Sail Deployment
Solar panels are deployed!
2015 Jun 03 The Planetary Society
LightSail Falls Silent; Battery Glitch Suspected
The LightSail ops team is working this issue. It's complicated ...
2015 Jun 03 The Planetary Society
LightSail Solar Panel Deployment: No Pics, But Data Look Good
Three separate compelling data sets suggest successful deployment of the four solar panels. Images to confirm may not be needed.
2015 Jun 02 Spaceflight Now
LightSail Deployment Set For This Week
Ecliptic engineers Riki Munakata and Alex Diaz are shown in the accompanying image of LightSail A undergoing testing
2015 Jun 02 The Planetary Society
LightSail Deployment Update: Panels Wednesday, Sails Friday
Get ready for deployment action!
2015 Jun 02 The Planetary Society
First Look: Test Image from LightSail
Downloading of a test image -- the first image taken in orbit by one of the two LightSail onboard cameras -- started June 1 and was fully downloaded by June 2. The cameras are at the ends of two deployable solar panels which are still stowed, so the image is of the innards of the spacecraft.
2015 May 31 The Planetary Society
LightSail Team Prepares for Sail Deployment
As of early June 1, sail deployment is now tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, June 3
2015 May 31 The Planetary Society
Contact! LightSail Phones Home after 8-Day Silence
This is excellent news! The team is very active assessing spacecraft health and next steps in the mission plan.
2015 May 29 The Planetary Society
For LightSail Test Mission, Waiting is the Hardest Part
The LightSail team, including several Ecliptic engineers, is working hard on preparing for an expected resumption of telemetry from LightSail A
2015 May 26 The Planetary Society
Software Glitch Pauses LightSail Test Mission
Ecliptic engineers are deeply involved with characterizing this issue and developing response options