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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 Jan 30 Spaceflight Now
Follow the Delta II / SMAP Launch Scheduled for Jan 31
A forward-looking Ecliptic RocketCam system will provide onboard video during this launch
2015 Jun 02 The Planetary Society
First Look: Test Image from LightSail
Downloading of a test image -- the first image taken in orbit by one of the two LightSail onboard cameras -- started June 1 and was fully downloaded by June 2. The cameras are at the ends of two deployable solar panels which are still stowed, so the image is of the innards of the spacecraft.
2015 Nov 19 Kickstarter
FireSat: Near Real-Time Global Wildfire / Oil Spill Detection
Ecliptic is the commercial production supplier for the FireSat sensors
2015 Jun 15 NBC News
Farewell, LightSail: Satellite Watchers Say Solar Sail Fades Away
2015 Jun 16 Inside Outer Space
Fall of the "Rise and Shine" Solar Sail
Some good information here about plans for the LightSail-B mission in 2016
2015 Jun 07 The Planetary Society
Deployment! LightSail Boom Motor Whirrs to Life
Sail deployment was commanded during a short pass after first try on an earlier longer pass was unsuccessful
2015 Dec 09 Orbital ATK
Cygnus OA-4 Array Deploy at 3 Frames per Second Rocketcam icon
This onboard video was captured by an Ecliptic RocketCam system
2015 May 31 The Planetary Society
Contact! LightSail Phones Home after 8-Day Silence
This is excellent news! The team is very active assessing spacecraft health and next steps in the mission plan.
2015 Feb 01 Spaceflight Now
Camera Aboard Delta 2 Rocket Watches SMAP Begin Life in Orbit Rocketcam icon
Brought to you by RocketCam, of course!
2015 May 20 Wired
Blasting Off Today: A Satellite That Sails on Sunbeams
LightSail A is the focus