de-orbited on September 17, 2001 after more than 240 days in
orbit. See the NASA
Press Release for
satellite was launched at 1725 PST on 11/19/10 and ejected
from the FASTSAT mothership on 1/17/11 at approximately 1900
PST. Beacon data was routinely received
throughout the world from 1/19-21/11, and telemetry
indicated that the sail deployed on schedule.
the size and reflectivity of the spacecraft, it could be
seen by the naked eye, and amateur astronomers around the
world photographed the vehicle. An album of photos is
available on Flickr.