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Russ lose sub-launched "mini-spacecraft" - Intend to search next month

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Postby TMSmalley » Thu Oct 20, 2005 12:29 pm

The ITAR-Tass news agency reported Wednesday that officials intended to resume the search next month for an experimental mini-spacecraft that went missing on the Pacific peninsula of Kamchatka.

The Demonstrator spacecraft -- designed to carry cargo and possibly passengers from the international space station -- was launched from a nuclear submarine thousands of miles away in the Barents Sea on October 7.

Engineers lost contact with the craft after it began descending toward the peninsula on schedule.

The ship was built on contract for the European Space Agency and the European Aeronautic Defense & Space Co.

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