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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 May 20 San Jose Business Journal
Bill Nye's Boldest Experiment Yet: A Light-Beam Propelled Satellite That's Headed to Space
This piece also features Ecliptic CEO Rex Ridenoure
2015 Jan 27 Washington Post
Bill Nye and The Planetary Society to Launch a Satellite That Will ‘Sail on Sunbeams’
Ecliptic is lead system contractor for both LightSail spacecraft
2015 Jun 10 The Planetary Society
Bill Nye & Planetary Society Declare LightSail™ Test Mission Success; Citizen-Funded Spacecraft Deploys Solar Sail, Milestone Step Toward 2016 Mission
Total mission success!
2015 Jun 07 The Planetary Society
Bill Nye & Planetary Society Celebrate LightSail™ Test Mission Landmark
Success!
2015 Apr 10 Spaceflight Now
Atlas 5 Slips at Payload's Request
Ecliptic's first CubeSat, LightSail A, is a secondary payload on this launch -- and not the source of the launch slip!
2015 Dec 03 Spaceflight Now
Atlas 5 / Cygnus Launch [Now scheduled for Dec 6 after three scrubs due to poor weather]
An Ecliptic RocketCam system on the Cygnus cargo vehicle will provide (non-realtime) onboard views of Cygnus solar array deployment and ISS rendezvous and proximity operations
2015 Jun 07 New York Times
After Silences and Setbacks, the LightSail Spacecraft Is Revived, Deploying Its Solar Sail
"For reasons not understood, LightSail ignored the command." The spacecraft was tumbling about all three axes, and most likely one of two required commands did not get into its receiver because the geometry was not lined up.
2015 Jun 06 New York Times
After Series of Setbacks, Spacecraft Prepares to Unfurl Sail
Sail deployment baselined for Sunday at 11:02-11:15 am PDT
2015 Oct 01 Inside Outer Space
A Sound Idea: Technology to Listen Up for Noise in Space
Ecliptic is working with Dan Slater to bring his Remote Acoustic Sensor (RAS) technology into the RocketCam product family
2015 May 06 Washington Post
A Fantastic Idea Carl Sagan Showed Johnny Carson in 1976 Is About to Become Reality Rocketcam icon
Ecliptic is lead system contractor for both LightSail spacecraft