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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 Jun 04 NBC
Power Glitch Silences Planetary Society's LightSail Solar Spacecraft Again
The LightSail ops team is working this issue. It's complicated ...
2015 Jun 05 Space News
LightSail Deployment Delayed as Craft Again Falls Silent
The team is working the issue ...
2015 Jun 05 New York Times
LightSail, a Private Spacecraft, Goes Unexpectedly Quiet
The team is learning a lot about LightSail's battery and power subsystem nuances now
2015 Jun 06 The Planetary Society
LightSail Drama Continues as Spacecraft Wakes for Second Time
LightSail A is doing what it's designed to do. But this causes drama for us all as we wait it out --
2015 Jun 06 Spaceflight Now
Ground Team Battling On-and-Off Communications With LightSail
The LightSail team is working the issues and making progress pass-by-pass
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 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 Jun 07 The Planetary Society
Bill Nye & Planetary Society Celebrate LightSail™ Test Mission Landmark
Success!
2015 Jun 07 NBC News
LightSail Wakes Up After Silent Spell and Spreads Its Solar Sail
More coverage ...
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.