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LightSail, Planetary Society's Solar Sail mission (Redux)
Rick Sternbach
post Nov 15 2009, 05:20 AM
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QUOTE (ngunn @ Nov 12 2009, 11:56 AM) *
My gripe is with the artwork itself. It appears to show a wrinkly surface on the sail panels yet the Earth's reflection is not broken up accordingly.


I thought about crackling up the Earth reflection a bit more, but I decided that most folks would have fixated on the unevenness of the reflection and not seen the bigger picture, so to speak. Sometimes complete photographic reality in art is not the best way to go.

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post Nov 15 2009, 08:34 AM
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QUOTE (Rick Sternbach @ Nov 15 2009, 05:20 AM) *
Sometimes complete photographic reality in art is not the best way to go.


No gripe with that statement at all. As an artist you are free. My comment arose from the fact that when looking at that particular image and wanting to 'enter the scene' I found myself distracted by the apparent incongruity. But it's all subjective at the viewer's end too and maybe I'm in a minority of one!

At any rate I'm (of late) merely an enthusiast for space art whereas you're actually creating it, so count me as a fan. smile.gif
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post Nov 15 2009, 08:47 AM
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QUOTE (Rick Sternbach @ Nov 15 2009, 05:20 AM) *
Sometimes complete photographic reality in art is not the best way to go.

Rick


biggrin.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gif Oh wow, thank you!! I'm gonna quote that every time someone wrinkles their nose up at my use of lens flare! tongue.gif


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post Nov 15 2009, 09:12 AM
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Your lens flare useage is a diagnosable psychiatric condition . Rick's use of artistic licence is entirely normal smile.gif
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post Nov 15 2009, 09:27 AM
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Rick Sternbach
post Nov 15 2009, 04:28 PM
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QUOTE (ngunn @ Nov 15 2009, 12:34 AM) *
No gripe with that statement at all. As an artist you are free. My comment arose from the fact that when looking at that particular image and wanting to 'enter the scene' I found myself distracted by the apparent incongruity. But it's all subjective at the viewer's end too and maybe I'm in a minority of one!

At any rate I'm (of late) merely an enthusiast for space art whereas you're actually creating it, so count me as a fan. smile.gif


And I have no gripe with your gripe. If there weren't any discussion about things, it would all be pretty boring. A good deal of the space art we do takes liberties with light levels and colors and so on, to make it more accessible, and there's a sliding scale of what is "correct" that runs all the way to total photographic realism, particularly in scientific visualization. Not counting, of course, the horribly gaudy 20X vertical representations of Venus from years back. smile.gif

And Stu, I do like a -teeny- bit of lens flare now and then (it can be such an overused gimmick), or some subtle play of light that guides the eye to a certain point. Not like in a certain recent movie. laugh.gif

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post Mar 30 2010, 04:39 PM
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The Brits have a killer app for sail-tech

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8590103.stm


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post Jun 30 2010, 06:34 AM
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LightSail-1 Passes Critical Design Review

http://www.planetary.org/programs/projects...g/20100625.html


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post Oct 20 2010, 03:00 AM
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LightSail-1 Video Update: Construction Begins!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pf-NeZwBko0...player_embedded


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James Sorenson
post Oct 22 2010, 06:05 PM
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I'm curious if the camera's that were shown in the video are off-the-shelf, or were they designed specifically for the mission of LightSail-1? If they are off-the-shelf, who manufactured the camera's and optics?
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punkboi
post Jul 16 2012, 11:23 PM
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The article below mentions three upcoming NASA missions (which will be flown on the venerable Delta 2 rocket) that would reach orbital altitudes that seem desirable for Lightsail-1...which The Planetary Society wants to send to an altitude of 800 km (500 miles):

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n1207/16delta2/

OCO 2 (launch in 2014): 438-mile polar orbit

SMAP (launch in 2014): 423 miles above Earth

JPSS 1 (launch in 2016): 512 miles above Earth

Of course, I think TPS is planning to launch Lightsail-1 before the end of this year...so all of this may be a moot point


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post Jun 4 2014, 11:57 PM
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Almost two years since the last post; here's an informative update:

http://www.planetary.org/blogs/jason-davis...ate-flight.html
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post Jun 19 2014, 12:34 AM
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Another update by The Planetary Society:

"LightSail update: Three steps forward, one step back"

http://www.planetary.org/blogs/jason-davis...hree-steps.html


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post Jun 28 2014, 01:32 AM
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Can't wait for the announcement!

"LightSail is Ready for Launch! Join Us as the Countdown Begins"

http://www.planetary.org/blogs/mat-kaplan/...ady-launch.html


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post Jul 2 2014, 03:03 AM
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"LightSail update: Of booms and pretty pictures"

http://www.planetary.org/blogs/jason-davis...s-pictures.html


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