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Mar 15

Delta II

ICESat-2 (approx. date)
Mar 15

Cygnus

Orbital ATK CRS mission #9 (OA-9, on Antares 230) (approx. date)
Apr 30

3U CubeSat integrated with Prox 1 (launched on Falcon Heavy / STP-2 mission)

LightSail-2 solar sailing demo (earliest date)
May 15

Cygnus

Orbital ATK CRS mission #10 (OA-10, on Antares 230) (approx. date)

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Date Headline
2015 Jun 07 NBC News
LightSail Wakes Up After Silent Spell and Spreads Its Solar Sail
More coverage ...
2015 Jun 08 NBC News
LightSail Wakes Up After Silent Spell and Spreads Its Solar Sail
Orbit lifetime now will be short: a few days
2015 May 21 The Planetary Society
LightSail Update: All Systems Nominal
So far, so good ...
2015 Jun 15 The Planetary Society
LightSail Test Mission Ends with Fiery Reentry
As predicted, re-entry was on June 14 (Sunday)
2015 Jun 09 The Planetary Society
LightSail Test Mission Declared Success; First Image Complete
All primary mission objectives have been met (=> total mission success). Now for some fun stuff ...
2015 May 31 The Planetary Society
LightSail Team Prepares for Sail Deployment
As of early June 1, sail deployment is now tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, June 3
2015 Jun 10 NBC News
LightSail Team Declares Solar Sail Success as Mission Nears Its End
2015 Jun 09 New York Times
LightSail Spacecraft Sends Back a Selfie Showing Its Sail Stretched Out
Press conference Wednesday morning PDT
2015 May 19 NBC News
LightSail Space Mission Will Shine Global Spotlight on Solar Sails
The LightSail mission story goes back to ~40 years ago (see video in this piece)
2015 Jun 03 The Planetary Society
LightSail Solar Panel Deployment: No Pics, But Data Look Good
Three separate compelling data sets suggest successful deployment of the four solar panels. Images to confirm may not be needed.