Kosmos 211

Summary

Kosmos 211
Mission typeABM radar target
COSPAR ID1968-028A
SATCAT no.03181
Mission duration215 days
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeDS-P1-Yu
ManufacturerYuzhnoye
Launch mass400 kg [1]
Start of mission
Launch date9 April 1968, 11:26:25 GMT
RocketKosmos-2I 63SM
Launch sitePlesetsk Site 133/3
ContractorYuzhnoye
End of mission
Decay date10 November 1968
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric[2]
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude199 km
Apogee altitude1532 km
Inclination81.9°
Period102.5 minutes
Epoch9 April 1968
 

Kosmos 211 (Russian: Космос 211 meaning Cosmos 211), also known as DS-P1-Yu No.13 was a Soviet satellite which was used as a radar calibration target for tests of anti-ballistic missiles. It was built by the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau, and launched in 1968 as part of the Dnepropetrovsk Sputnik programme.[3] It had a mass of 400 kilograms (880 lb).[1]

A Kosmos-2I 63SM carrier rocket was used to launch Kosmos 211 from Site 133/3 at Plesetsk Cosmodrome.[4] The launch occurred at 11:26:25 GMT on 9 April 1968, and resulted in the successful deployment of Kosmos 211 into a low Earth orbit.[5] Upon reaching orbit, it was assigned its Kosmos designation, and received the International Designator 1968-028A.

Kosmos 211 was operated in an orbit with a perigee of 199 kilometres (124 mi), an apogee of 1,532 kilometres (952 mi), an inclination of 81.9°, and an orbital period of 102.5 minutes.[2] It remained in orbit until it decayed and reentered the atmosphere on 10 November 1968.[6] It was the twelfth of seventy nine DS-P1-Yu satellites to be launched, and the eleventh of seventy two to successfully reach orbit.[7]

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References

  1. ^ a b "Cosmos 211: Display 1968-028A". nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov. NASA. 27 February 2020. Retrieved 19 April 2020. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ a b "Cosmos 211: Trajectory 1968-028A". nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov. NASA. 27 February 2020. Retrieved 19 April 2020. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ Wade, Mark. "DS-P1-Yu". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 18 May 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2009.
  4. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 10 August 2009.
  5. ^ Wade, Mark. "Kosmos 2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2009.
  6. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 10 August 2009.
  7. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "DS-P1-Yu (11F618)". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 10 August 2009.