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Solar Sail Ready For Sub-Launched Liftoff

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Mon Jun 20, 2005 11:25 am
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By Leonard David: A milestone making space mission is, quite factually, ready to set sail.

The privately sponsored Cosmos-1 solar sail is to fly into Earth orbit courtesy of a boost from a Russian Volna rocket, deployed from a Russian nuclear submarine positioned in the Barents Sea.

The submarine-launched rocket, carrying the solar sail is targeted for liftoff on June 21 at 3:46 p.m. EDT. The Volna rocket being tapped to toss Cosmos 1 into a roughly 500 mile (800 kilometer) circular, near polar orbit is a reconverted ballistic missile of the type once armed and aimed at the United States.

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