Re: upcoming solar sail launch

From: Ed Cannon (
Date: Mon May 16 2005 - 01:13:37 EDT

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    Resurrecting a thread from February about the upcoming launch 
    of the Planetary Society's solar sail "Cosmos 1" (which did 
    not happen on March 1):

    FWIW, tonight I found a site saying that the launch is now 
    scheduled for May 31:
    However, the Planetary Society's own site says, "The actual 
    launch date will be announced during the week of May 16."
    Whenever it launches, it may be pretty interesting to observe
    as it's 30 meters in diameter (but not until sails deployed
    some days or more after launch), rotating 22 rpm; inclination 
    78 degrees, height 825 km.  In the thread above Ted estimated 
    more details for when it was scheduled to launch on March 1.
    Ed Cannon - - Austin, Texas, USA
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