Kosmos 1729 (Russian: Космос 1729 meaning Cosmos 1729) is a Soviet US-K missile early warning satellite which was launched in 1986 as part of the Soviet military's Oko programme. The satellite is designed to identify missile launches using optical telescopes and infrared sensors.
|Mission type||Early warning|
|Mission duration||4 years |
|Launch mass||1,900 kilograms (4,200 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||1 February 1986, 18:11UTC|
|Launch site||Plesetsk Cosmodrome|
|Perigee altitude||641 kilometres (398 mi)|
|Apogee altitude||39,729 kilometres (24,686 mi)|
Kosmos 1729 was launched from Site 16/2 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 18:11 UTC on 1 February 1986. The launch successfully placed the satellite into a molniya orbit. It subsequently received its Kosmos designation, and the international designator 1986-011A. The United States Space Command assigned it the Satellite Catalog Number 16527.