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TECHDAY 21 June Tech aimed to evolve space travel

On this TECHDAY, in 2005, history’s first “solar sail” spacecraft was launched with the help of a Volna rocket fired from a Russian submarine submerged in the Barents Sea. It had an eight-petalled solar sail, 650 square metres of a thin aluminium alloy coated film. The project was built in Russia by Space Research Institute and Lavochkin Association over a four-million-dollar budget sponsored by the non-profit U.S. Planetary Society. The lightsail was a science experiment that aspired to test the propulsion potential through light radiation with little human input.


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