Kosmos 1247

Summary

Kosmos 1247
Mission typeEarly warning
COSPAR ID1981-016A
SATCAT no.12303
Mission duration4 years [1]
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeUS-K [2]
Launch mass1,900 kilograms (4,200 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date19 February 1981, 10:00 (1981-02-19UTC10Z) UTC
RocketMolniya-M/2BL[2]
Launch sitePlesetsk Cosmodrome[2][3]
End of mission
Deactivated20 October 1981[1]
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeMolniya [2]
Perigee altitude648 kilometres (403 mi)[4]
Apogee altitude39,708 kilometres (24,673 mi)[4]
Inclination62.9 degrees[4]
Period717.82 minutes[4]
 

Kosmos 1247 (Russian: Космос 1247 meaning Cosmos 1247) was a Soviet US-K missile early warning satellite which was launched in 1981 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 1247 was launched from Site 16/2 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 10:00 UTC on 19 February 1981.[3] The launch successfully placed the satellite into a molniya orbit. It subsequently received its Kosmos designation, and the international designator 1981-016A.[4] The United States Space Command assigned it the Satellite Catalog Number 12303.[4]

It self-destructed.[1]

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References

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  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.