The Cosmos 1 vehicle was intended to show that a so-called solar sail can make a controlled flight. Solar sails, designed to be propelled by pressure from sunlight, are envisioned as a potential means for achieving interstellar flight, allowing such spacecraft to gradually build up great velocity and cover large distances.
- 1999 – First attempt, failed to deploy, burned up in the atmosphere.
- 2001 – Second attempt, failed to deploy, burned up in the atmosphere.
- 2005 – Booster rocket failed. Most likely lost at sea. Potentially in space, but doubtful.
I’m not doubting the technology, but the gods seem to be telling us something.