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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Apr 11, 2005 1:07:42 GMT -6
First solar sail continues methodical launch checklist
The world's revolutionary first solar sail - named Cosmos 1 - is creeping closer to flight as tests are checked off one-by-one in advance of its launch aboard a converted ballistic missile in the next one to two months.
In the latest update provided by The Planetary Society, executive director Louis Friedman outlined where the project stood in its final stages of testing and what challenges still lie ahead.