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Unlimited free energy from the sun will provide CubeSat propulsion and revolutionize access to space for low-cost citizen projects.
Unlimited free energy from the sun will provide CubeSat propulsion and revolutionize access to space for low-cost citizen projects.
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LightSail News + Kickstarter Live with Bill Nye!

Posted by Bill Nye, CEO, The Planetary Society (Creator)
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LightSail BenchSat
LightSail BenchSat


Space dress rehearsal 

We're doing a LightSail 2 operational readiness test today at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. This is a simulation of key events for our citizen-funded solar sail spacecraft. How do you get to space to do science? Practice, practice, practice. The team is running the mission simulation today using BenchSat, a duplicate of the spacecraft mounted on an acrylic board.  

LightSail testing and documentation underway.
LightSail testing and documentation underway.

Keep up-to-date on our mission set to launch aboard the next SpaceX Falcon Heavy at sail.planetary.org

Kick Asteroid! Kickstarter flying high

Our Kick Asteroid! project is about to fly past our initial $50,000 funding goal. Learn more about the threat of asteroids and what you can do about it. Tune in tomorrow and hear CEO Bill Nye and Chief Scientist Bruce Betts (who just happens to be our LightSail Program Manager, as well) speak live about asteroids, how you can be a Planetary Defender, and answer your questions. Our Kickstarter Live will start at 1 p.m. Pacific Time and will be moderated by our own Manager of Individual Giving Barbara Turman. Subscribe here and get a reminder email when our live stream begins. 

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    1. Bill Nye, CEO, The Planetary Society 2-time creator on

      @Jeremy - we'll need some more information from you in order to research - can you email kickstarter@planetary.org with your last name and email address used to make the pledge?
      Thanks!

    2. Jeremy on

      Actually not certain if I ever got my piece of light sail either. Can you check to see what you sent out to me?

      Thanks

      -Jeremy

    3. Bill Nye, CEO, The Planetary Society 2-time creator on

      @Stephen - we've sent you an email, please check your inbox, and thanks!

    4. Stephen Rowlatt on

      And I’m still waiting for my piece of light sail,
      Stop sending me updates as your just annoying me now