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Wednesday, June 22, 2005



First Solar Sail Believed Crashed

Cosmos 1.
Cosmos 1.
Credit: Rick Sternbach, The Planetary Society (c)
Russia is reporting that the rocket booster that attempted to launch the Cosmos 1 solar sail craft from a nuclear submarine failed 83 seconds after takeoff, plunging the craft into the sea. Cosmos 1 was to have been the first solar sail craft in existence, using the push of the sun to propel itself. The mission was sponsored by Cosmos Studios and supported almost entirely by the Planetary Society, and so was notable for its private-sector base. As of yet, there has been no official acknowledgement from the Planetary Society of the loss of the craft or a statement of their intentions regarding future missions.

(More info: Netscape News, Planetary Society)


- posted by Brian @ 11:44 EST