Kosmos 112


Kosmos 112
Mission typeOptical imaging reconnaissance
COSPAR ID1966-021A
SATCAT no.02107
Mission duration8 days
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeZenit-2
Launch mass4730 kg [1]
Start of mission
Launch date17 March 1966, 10:28:00 GMT
RocketVostok-2 s/n U15001-09
Launch sitePlesetsk, Site 41/1
End of mission
Landing date25 March 1966, 05:31 GMT
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric[2]
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude207 km
Apogee altitude545 km
Period92.1 minutes
Epoch17 March 1966

Kosmos 112 (Russian: Космос 112 meaning Cosmos 112) or Zenit-2 No.37 was a Soviet, first generation, low resolution, optical film-return reconnaissance satellite launched in 1966. A Zenit-2 spacecraft, Kosmos 112 was the thirty-sixth of eighty-one such satellites to be launched[3][4] and had a mass of 4,730 kilograms (10,430 lb).[1] It was the first satellite to be launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.[5]

Kosmos 112 was launched by a Vostok-2 rocket, serial number U15001-09,[6] flying from Site 41/1 at Plesetsk. The launch took place at 10:28 GMT on 17 March 1966,[7] and following its successful arrival in orbit the spacecraft received its Kosmos designation; along with the International Designator 1966-021A [1] and the Satellite Catalog Number 02107.[1]

Kosmos 112 was operated in a low Earth orbit, at an epoch of 17 March 1966, it had a perigee of 207 kilometres (129 mi), an apogee of 545 kilometres (339 mi), an inclination of 72.0° and an orbital period of 92.1 minutes.[2] After eight days in orbit, Kosmos 112 was deorbited, with its return capsule descending under parachute and landing at 05:31 GMT on 25 March 1966 et recovered by Soviet force.[5]


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