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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)

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Date Headline
2015 Jun 10 Bloomberg News
Scientists Look to LightSail's Next Launch
Ecliptic is the prime contractor as well for the LightSail spacecraft launching in 2016
2015 Jun 10 NBC News
LightSail Team Declares Solar Sail Success as Mission Nears Its End
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 09 New York Times
LightSail Spacecraft Sends Back a Selfie Showing Its Sail Stretched Out
Press conference Wednesday morning PDT
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 Jun 08 The Planetary Society
Sails in Space: Partial Photo, Video and Light Curve Rocketcam icon
The mission team is working 24x7 to get more images downlinked before spacecraft re-entry
2015 Jun 08 National Public Radio
Solar Sail Unfurls In Space
A "sail Mary pass" indeed -- !
2015 Jun 08 Discovery.com
Solar Sail Spacecraft Back From the Dead
"Troubled battery" is a bit extreme. The batteries were behaving as designed, but it was rather complex behavior that took a while to understand.
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 Jun 07 Spaceflight Now
Satellite Comes Back to Life, Deploys Solar Sail on Second Try