|Mission type||Early warning|
|Mission duration||4 years |
|Spacecraft type||US-K |
|Launch mass||1,900 kilograms (4,200 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||8 July 1983, 19:21UTC|
|Launch site||Plesetsk Cosmodrome|
|End of mission|
|Deactivated||9 July 1983|
|Perigee altitude||689 kilometres (428 mi)|
|Apogee altitude||39,147 kilometres (24,325 mi)|
Kosmos 1481 (Russian: Космос 1481 meaning Cosmos 1481) was a Soviet US-K missile early warning satellite which was launched in 1983 as part of the Soviet military's Oko programme. The satellite was designed to identify missile launches using optical telescopes and infrared sensors.
Kosmos 1481 was launched from Site 43/3 at Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the Russian SSR. A Molniya-M carrier rocket with a 2BL upper stage was used to perform the launch, which took place at 19:21 UTC on 8 July 1983. The launch successfully placed the satellite into a molniya orbit. It subsequently received its Kosmos designation, and the international designator 1983-070A. The United States Space Command assigned it the Satellite Catalog Number 14182.
This satellite did not reach its working orbit and self-destructed. As well as its main entry this satellite has catalogued debris such as: