Kosmos 1024


Kosmos 1024
Mission typeEarly warning
COSPAR ID1978-066A
SATCAT no.10970
Mission duration4 years [1]
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeUS-K[2]
Launch mass1,900 kilograms (4,200 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date28 June 1978, 02:59 (1978-06-28UTC02:59Z) UTC
Launch sitePlesetsk Cosmodrome[2][3]
End of mission
Deactivated24 May 1980[1]
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeMolniya [2]
Perigee altitude628 kilometres (390 mi)[4]
Apogee altitude39,710 kilometres (24,670 mi)[4]
Inclination62.7 degrees[4]
Period717.44 minutes[4]

Kosmos 1024 (Russian: Космос 1024 meaning Cosmos 1024) was a Soviet US-K missile early warning satellite which was launched in 1978 as part of the Soviet military's Oko programme. The satellite was designed to identify missile launches using optical telescopes and infrared sensors.[2]

Kosmos 1024 was launched from Site 43/3 at Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the Russian SSR.[3] A Molniya-M carrier rocket with a 2BL upper stage was used to perform the launch, which took place at 02:59 UTC on 28 June 1978.[3] The launch successfully placed the satellite into a molniya orbit. It subsequently received its Kosmos designation, and the international designator 1978-066A.[4] The United States Space Command assigned it the Satellite Catalog Number 10970.[4]

Podvig says that moved from its orbital position in October 1979.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Podvig, Pavel (2002). "History and the Current Status of the Russian Early-Warning System" (PDF). Science and Global Security. 10: 21–60. CiteSeerX doi:10.1080/08929880212328. ISSN 0892-9882. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-15.
  2. ^ a b c d e "US-K (73D6)". Gunter’s Space Page. 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
  3. ^ a b c McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan’s Space Page. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e f McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan’s Space Page. Retrieved 30 April 2012.