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Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-21-2005 01:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cosmos 1 - the world's first solar sail spacecraft - is set to launch atop a converted ICBM from a submerged Russian submarine in the Barents Sea.

Launch time is 19:46:09 GMT (2:46 p.m. CDT).

A few details of note:

  • When Cosmos 1 launches it will carry a CD containing the names of over 75,000 members of The Planetary Society and the Japan Planetary Society, along with the works of early visionaries who inspired solar sailing. See the full CD contents.
  • With Solar Sail Watch, people around the world can watch this history-making spacecraft streak through space. In addition to viewing the sail, photographers can enter their best photos in a contest.
  • You can build your own model of Cosmos 1.
For more information, see the Cosmos 1 website.

Philip
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posted 06-21-2005 07:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It got a full page coverage on page 3 of Belgian Newspaper the Standaard today ...
The journalist emphasized the contribution of the Planetary Society ...

Ben
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posted 06-21-2005 03:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Volna with Cosmos-1 blasted off at 3:46 but no confirmation as to whether it is in orbit and functioning has been received.

The Planetary Society reports that on the first signal detection pass, no signal was heard at one site and a slight signal was detected at another before dropping out.

Stay tuned...

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-Ben

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Ben
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posted 06-21-2005 06:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The slight signal reported earlier was a doppler detection from the ground, as opposed to a signal beamed by the spacecraft.

A full update has been posted to SpaceflightNow explaining what has happened so far:
http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n0506/21solarsailupdate/

Ben
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posted 06-21-2005 06:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ITAR-TASS reports the Volna's first stage shut down 83 seconds into the flight and the rocket crashed into the arctic.

TPS has acknowledged the possibility (lightly, being that their reports contradicted that earlier). But it appears that this is the case at this point.

Two Russian failures in one day, both caused by engine shutdowns. This morning, a Soyuz-Molniya also failed to reach orbit and deploy its Russian Military payload. The vehicle crashed in Siberia.

gliderpilotuk
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posted 06-22-2005 05:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"The Russian-built Cosmos-1 was launched aboard a modified Volna intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from the nuclear submarine Borisoglebsk. However, the Russian space agency said that there were indications that the Volna rocket may have experienced a problem in its first or second firing stages."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4110912.stm

Lucky it didn't have a warhead then... ;-)

Paul

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posted 06-22-2005 04:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I shouldn't say this, but maybe World War 3 would have been very one-sided...

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posted 06-22-2005 05:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Astro Bill   Click Here to Email Astro Bill     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Blackarrow:
I shouldn't say this, but maybe World War 3 would have been very one-sided...

Please explain what you mean by this remark.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-22-2005 05:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think Geoffrey was joking in light of the Volna failure, considering it would have carried a warhead (rather than a space probe) should WWIII have occured. This is not the first Volna failure either.

Philip
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posted 06-23-2005 02:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They should have chosen another launch-vehicle ... Probably much more expensive ( thinking of Sea-Launch company )
See; http://www.sea-launch.com/sllaunch_vehicle.htm

FFrench
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posted 09-08-2005 12:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

A very interesting theory here from Larry - it may indeed have made it into space (briefly):
http://www.space.com/adastra/adastra_cosmos_mystery_050907.html

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