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Sunday, 7 June 2015

Lightsail-1 is deployed!

Update: Lightsail-1's deployment has been confirmed from ground observations. Have a go at spotting it yourself using the Heavens Above website.

A very quick late night update: The Planetary Society's Lightsail-1 spaceshiphas deployed sucesfully according to it's telemetry, although I've yet to hear an independant confirmation by ground observation. Here's a link to the mission control updtes, and here's a website with some data on how to spot the sail in the night sky, and how long it will take to de-orbit.

Well done to everyone at TPS!

Above: Nanosail D, a very similar sail to Lightsail-1, deployed for testing. Courtesy of NASA

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