[FPSPACE] Video of Cosmos 1 launch
ljk4 at msn.com
Tue Jun 28 11:46:01 EDT 2005
Has anyone reliably reported on seeing the Cosmos 1 solar sails in the sky?
I know it's a long shot, but I don't think we should miss any possible
chances of it being in orbit.
The launch of the Volna on 21 June at 11:46 pm local time from the Barents
Sea is shown here. The video ends about 20 seconds after launch from the
submarine Borisoglebsk, and 63 seconds before the first stage burn ended
prematurely, causing Cosmos 1 to be lost. The rocket manufacturer says that
after the first-stage shutdown, a fail-safe mechanism would have prevented
the later stages from separating and firing. They claim the entire rocket
and its spacecraft payload fell into the Barents Sea, somewhere east of the
launch area but west of the Novaye Zemlya archipelago.
However, a signal received at the Petropavlovsk, Kamchatka ground station
seems to indicate that the fourth-stage orbit-insertion motor fired, and
later signals recorded at Majuro, Marshall Islands and Panska Ves, Czech
Republic ground stations also seem to be from the Cosmos 1 spacecraft. If
these signals are confirmed, they would indicate that Cosmos 1 reached
orbit. Mission analysts at the Space Research Institute in Moscow and at The
Planetary Society are currently analyzing and testing the measured signals
to determine if they are really from the spacecraft.
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