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June 22, 2005

Cosmos 1 is Alright

SolarsailCosmos 1, the first fully implemented solar-sail spacecraft, has been in and out of communication with ground controllers all day. It was believed to be lost during a long period of radio silence, but it was later interpreted that the silence was actually a series of signals from the craft reporting its progress. It seems to have survived the launch at any rate, but may be in a lower orbit than expected. Planetary Society co-founder Bruce Murray said earlier, "The good news is we have reason to believe it's alive and in orbit. The bad news is we don't know where it is." UPDATE: Maybe not so much.

Read [Reuters]

Posted by Alan Joyce at June 22, 2005 12:03 AM

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