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Delta II

ICESat-2 (approx. date)
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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)
May 15

Cygnus

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

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Date Headline
2015 Mar 09 The Planetary Society
LightSail Arrives in Florida; More Launch Details Revealed
This article provides LightSail status and summarizes Ecliptic's current activities as lead system contractor
2015 Mar 16 CBS Evening News
How Solar Sailing Could Impact the Future of Space Exploration Rocketcam icon
This article complements a story aired on the national evening news the same day, highlighting The Planetary Society's LightSail project and Ecliptic's role as lead system contractor
2015 Mar 17 The Planetary Society
LightSail Featured on CBS Evening News Rocketcam icon
LightSail, The Planetary Society and Ecliptic on the national news!
2015 Apr 08 Spaceflight Now
NASA Adding to List of CubeSats Flying on First SLS Mission
Lessons learned from the two LightSail missions will be applied to the NEO Scout and Lunar Flashlight missions, which employ similar solar sail designs
2015 Apr 08 The Planetary Society
LightSail Integration Video Rocketcam icon
This short video highlights the final integration flow for LightSail A, most of which occurred at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Ecliptic in the lead system contractor for LightSail.
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 Apr 24 The Planetary Society
LightSail Readiness Tests Prepare Team for Mission Operations
Ecliptic is lead system contractor for both LightSail spacecraft
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
2015 May 08 The Planetary Society
What Images Will We Get Back from the LightSail Test Mission?
This explores in some detail the onboard imaging predictions for LightSail A
2015 May 12 The Planetary Society / Kickstarter
LightSail Kickstarter Campaign Begins! Rocketcam icon
Check out The Planetary Society's 45-day Kickstarter campaign to raise at least $200k and possibly $1 million or more in support of the LightSail program's objectives. (After 2 1/2 days over $350k has been raised.) Ecliptic is the LightSail spacecraft system contractor.