LightSail has Launched!

LightSail, a Planetary Society CubeSat, launched this morning with ULTRASat aboard an Altas V from Florida.

On the first pass the Cal Poly UHF groundstations heard the first few packets of data from the satellite! In addition to providing ground support, Cal Poly designed the avionics and UHF comms boards for the mission.

Go LightSail!

Thanks to Justin Foley, John Bellardo, Robert Potter and Nik Powell for operating the groundstations on the first pass and decoding packets.

Nik Powell working the CalPoly groundstation: