Re: Potential future satellite with solar sail???

From: Tristan Cools (
Date: Wed Feb 28 2001 - 12:52:36 PST

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    At 08:00 28/02/01 -0600, you wrote:
    >Just picked this up from one of my other mailing lists.  It talks about a
    >future satellite mission scheduled in 2001 for a near polar orbit and an
    >altitude of about 850 km, deploying a 30 meter solar sail.
    >"I have just learned that a 30 meter diameter solar sail spacecraft will be
    >launched into near-polar orbit (78 inclination) aboard a converted Russian
    >Volna ballistic missile this fall.  The Planetary Society is sponsoring this
    Yes and they will call it Cosmos 1 !  Couldn't they invent another name, it
    is already confusing enough with other satllites given the same name.(eg
    Sirius etc...)
    It looks like some sort of Znamya experiment to me.
    Tristan Cools
    Belgian Working Group Satellites(BWGS)
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