Old Russian ICBM Reincarnated as Space Launcher

A U.S. company is planning to use a former Russian strategic missile scrapped under an arms-reduction treaty as a spacecraft launcher tomorrow, the Wall Street Journal Europe reported Friday (see GSN, May 20).

The rocket is expected to launch the unmanned Cosmos 1 solar sail out of a Russian nuclear submarine in the Barents Sea, according to the Journal.

The decommissioned missile, in addition to offering the spacecraft a reliable means of transportation, was a relative bargain, according to Jim Cantrell, president of the space consulting firm Strategic Space Development.

“We got a helluva deal,” Cantrell said (Sharon Begley, Wall Street Journal Europe, June 17).

June 20, 2005
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A U.S. company is planning to use a former Russian strategic missile scrapped under an arms-reduction treaty as a spacecraft launcher tomorrow, the Wall Street Journal Europe reported Friday (see GSN, May 20).

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