Kosmos 163
Mission typeMicrometeroid research
COSPAR ID1967-056A
SATCAT no.02832
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeDS-U2-MP
Launch mass280 kilograms (620 lb)[1]
Start of mission
Launch date5 June 1967, 05:03:00 (1967-06-05UTC05:03Z) UTC
RocketKosmos-2I 63SM
Launch siteKapustin Yar 86/1
End of mission
Decay date11 October 1967 (1967-10-12)
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude251 kilometres (156 mi)
Apogee altitude549 kilometres (341 mi)
Inclination48.4 degrees
Period92.56 minutes

Kosmos 163 (Russian: Космос 163 meaning Cosmos 163), also known as DS-U2-MP No.2, was a Soviet satellite which was launched in 1967 as part of the Dnepropetrovsk Sputnik programme. It was a 280-kilogram (620 lb) spacecraft,[1] which was built by the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau, and was used to investigate micrometeoroids and particles of dust in space.[2]

A Kosmos-2I 63SM carrier rocket was used to launch Kosmos 163 into low Earth orbit. The launch took place from Site 86/1 at Kapustin Yar.[3] The launch occurred at 05:03:00 UTC on 5 June 1967, and resulted in the successful insertion of the satellite into orbit.[4] Upon reaching orbit, the satellite was assigned its Kosmos designation, and received the International Designator 1967-056A.[5] The North American Aerospace Defense Command assigned it the catalogue number 02832.

Kosmos 163 was the second of two DS-U2-MP satellites to be launched, after Kosmos 135.[2][6] It was operated in an orbit with a perigee of 251 kilometres (156 mi), an apogee of 549 kilometres (341 mi), 48.4 degrees of inclination, and an orbital period of 92.56 minutes.[7] It decayed from its orbit and reentered the atmosphere on 11 October 1967.[7]

See also


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