Solar Sail controlled flights

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.