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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 19 The Planetary Society
Timeline: LightSail's First Day in Space
We're one day from the launch of LightSail A!
2015 May 19 The Planetary Society
Follow the Launch of LightSail A Via the Project's Mission Control Center
This is a good online source for the latest status of LightSail A (as reported by The Planetary Society and LightSail mission team)
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 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 May 20 Spaceflight Now
Follow the Launch of LightSail A Here Rocketcam icon
LightSail A, integrated and tested by Ecliptic, launches today from Florida at or after 11:05 am EDT
2015 May 20 Wired
Blasting Off Today: A Satellite That Sails on Sunbeams
LightSail A is the focus
2015 May 20 Spaceflight Now
X-37B Spaceplane Embarks on Fourth Voyage In Orbit Rocketcam icon
See the launch video here, with LightSail A along for the ride
2015 May 20 NASA
NASA’s CubeSat Initiative Aids in Testing of Technology for Solar Sails in Space
LightSail A was successfully launched today!
2015 May 20 The Planetary Society
LightSail Sends First Data Back to Earth
Successfully receiving telemetry from LightSail A achieves one of the two main objectives of this demo mission. The other is successful deployment of the solar sail, scheduled (by onboard timer) for Jun 17.
2015 May 21 The Planetary Society
LightSail Update: All Systems Nominal
So far, so good ...