“We are probably in orbit, but it’s not the orbit that we thought it was”
The first amateur launched orbital space craft, the Cosmos-1, appears to be lost. The Cosmos-1 is/was a solar sail powered craft, the first of its kind to enter space, and built by The Planetary Society. Launching space-craft has been a government monopoly more or less until last year, when private space faring took off with the launch of Scaled Composite’s SpaceShipOne. Cosmos-1 was launched using a Russian ICBM.