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NanoSail-D mission set to launch from Alaska
punkboi
post Nov 16 2010, 09:18 PM
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http://www.spaceflightnow.com/minotaur/stp...101116nanosail/

KODIAK, Alaska -- For less than $1 million, scientists are planning to show off an innovative solar sail experiment beginning with a blastoff from the Alaska frontier Friday, proving new propulsion technologies that could help rid space of unnecessary debris.


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post Nov 20 2010, 02:09 AM
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The Minotaur 4 rocket carrying NanoSail-D and other satellites successfully launched from Alaska today

http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/rocke...ska-101119.html


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post Nov 21 2010, 06:20 AM
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post Dec 5 2010, 11:56 PM
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Nanosail-D is set to be ejected from FASTSAT at 10:15 PM, PST tonight. The solar sail will then be deployed 3 days later

http://twitter.com/NASAJPL/status/11541869896933376


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post Dec 6 2010, 07:27 AM
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Looks like Nanosail-D has successfully ejected from FASTSAT!

http://twitter.com/NanoSailD/status/11680456701382656


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post Dec 6 2010, 07:41 AM
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Awesome!!!

(I asked when they were gonna deploy, but I read back & saw that you'd already posted that. Fingers crossed for 3 days from now...)


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post Dec 10 2010, 08:45 AM
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There's nothing online about whether or not Nanosail-D deployed its sails. In fact... There hasn't been ANY update since it was ejected from FASTSAT last weekend. Is NASA even communicating with the spacecraft? (It's Twitter page went silent right after ejection) unsure.gif


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post Dec 10 2010, 11:31 PM
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This just in - but you're not gonna like it sad.gif
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NanoSail-D Mission Status Update for Dec. 10

At this time, it is not clear that NanoSail-D ejected from the Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology Satellite (FASTSAT) as originally stated on Monday, Dec. 6. At the time of ejection, spacecraft telemetry data showed a positive ejection as reflected by confirmation of several of the planned on orbit ejection sequence events. The FASTSAT spacecraft ejection system data was also indicative of an ejection event. NanoSail-D was scheduled to unfurl on Dec. 9 at 12:30 a.m., and deployment hasn't been confirmed. The FASTSAT team is continuing to trouble shoot the inability to make contact with NanoSail-D. The FASTSAT microsatellite and all remaining five onboard experiments continue to operate as planned.



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post Dec 10 2010, 11:37 PM
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An ejection should be easily identifiable by a reaction force pushed back on FASTSAT by the spring in the P-POD. If that happened, but we've still not heard from NanoSail-D - then that's bad news.
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post Dec 11 2010, 01:55 AM
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So this big week in space was apparently 1/3 successful (with the flawless Falcon 9 launch but the setback with Akatsuki and possibly this mission). Darn.

I hope Lightsail has better luck next year


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post Jan 19 2011, 10:31 PM
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NanoSail-D Ejects - NASA Seeks Amateur Radio Operators' Aid to Listen for Beacon Signal

http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=32522


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post Jan 20 2011, 01:19 AM
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Beacon heard from NanoSail-D (by radio operators in both Huntsville and PA)!

http://twitter.com/NanoSailD/status/27874289243914242

Sail should deploy by an automatic timer 3 days from now smile.gif


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post Jan 20 2011, 01:30 AM
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This is excellent news!
(Okay, Spirit.... it's your turn... )


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post Jan 20 2011, 05:24 AM
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CORRECTION: The sail should actually be deployed tomorrow...around 10 PM, EST smile.gif

http://twitter.com/NanoSailD/status/27930831225888768


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post Jan 21 2011, 04:47 AM
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According to this person who Tweeted to @NanoSailD, the sail has been deployed! Hopefully it will be confirmed soon smile.gif

http://twitter.com/naeisel/status/28306790504464384


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