Asteroid prospector demonstrator deployed
Arkyd 3 Reflight (A3R) spacecraft, created by...asteroid-mining firm Planetary Resources, aims to test critical electronic systems and software during its 90-day mission.
[The] next demonstrator, called the Arkyd-6 (A6), is scheduled to test the “next generation of attitude control, power, communication, and avionics systems” along with sensors that can analyze asteroids for the resources they contain.
http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/aero ... ce-station
(A bit late in reporting this, but good to see actual hardware deployed.)