Holding Pattern... and Let's Kick Asteroid!
Yes, we are still in a holding pattern for LightSail 2 launch
When NASA announces a launch date, they always say “no earlier than….” There’s a good reason for this language. Launches are often “later than” the announced date. Our LightSail® 2 launch is no exception. As announced in Jason Davis’ blog, we have a new “no earlier than” date: October 30, 2018. This delay is frustrating news, but on the positive side, our LightSail 2 spacecraft is flight-ready.
We are still working on our plans to create a great on-site launch event experience. If you’ve already responded to our survey, thank you. If not, please visit the survey and let us know about your interest and plans regarding joining what is likely to be hundreds if not a thousand or more members and backers at Cape Canaveral for this historic first operational flight of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. It’s going to be a blast!
Let's Kick Asteroid!
This coming Saturday is Asteroid Day, and we’re doing our part to raise awareness of the threat posed by asteroids and other Near Earth Objects (NEOs). As a LightSail backer, you’re invited to have exclusive early access to our Kick Asteroid! Kickstarter campaign before it goes public tomorrow morning.
We are partnering with Thomas Romer of Chop Shop, who designs our Planetary Society gear for our online store (incidentally, you may want to head on over to see some new LightSail 2 swag that Thomas has just finished designing), and with you to share the message that asteroid impacts are a preventable natural disaster. But, only if we prepare in advance!
Take a moment to check out our video along with the cool poster, t-shirts and other swag we are creating to help you help us defend the planet by sharing the importance of this threat. And be among the first to select your rewards. There are exciting rewards at every level, and there is a special Early Bird reward available to only the first 100 backers who select it!
We officially go public at 6 AM PDT tomorrow and we’ll send you another message with links you can share with everyone you know — can you help us spread the word?
Be a planetary superhero.
Let’s Kick Asteroid!