Kosmos 212

Summary

Kosmos 212
Mission typeUncrewed spacecraft
OperatorOKB-1
COSPAR ID1968-029A
SATCAT no.03183
Mission duration5 days
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftSoyuz
Spacecraft typeSoyuz 7K-OK # 8
ManufacturerOKB-1
Launch mass6000 kg [1]
Start of mission
Launch date14 April 1968, 10:00:00 GMT
RocketSoyuz 11A511 s/n Ya15000-09
Launch siteBaikonur, Site 31/6
ContractorOKB-1
End of mission
Landing date19 April 1968
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric [2]
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude186 km
Apogee altitude225 km
Inclination51.7°
Period88.75 minutes
Epoch14 April 1968
Docking with Kosmos 213
Docking date15 April 1968
Undocking date15 April 1968
 

Kosmos 212 (Russian: Космос 212 meaning Cosmos 212) was one of a series of Soviet Soyuz programme test spacecraft whose purpose was to further test and develop the passenger version. Scientific data and measurements were relayed to earth by multichannel telemetry systems equipped with space-borne memory units. Kosmos 212 and Kosmos 213 automatically docked in orbit on 15 April 1968. Both spacecraft landed on Soviet territory.

Mission

On 14 April 1968 at 10:00:00 GMT,[3] the Soyuz 11A511 s/n Ya15000-09 booster and Kosmos 212 were set up at Site 31/6 of Baikonur Cosmodrome and the planned mission could be carried out. Kosmos 212 was operated in a low Earth orbit, it had a perigee of 186 kilometres (116 mi), an apogee of 225 kilometres (140 mi), an inclination of 51.7°, and an orbital period of 88.75 minutes,[2] and had a mass of 6,000 kilograms (13,000 lb).[1]

  • Number of orbits: ~80

References

  1. ^ a b "Cosmos 212: Display 1968-029A". nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov. NASA. 27 February 2020. Retrieved 19 April 2020. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ a b "Cosmos 212: Trajectory 1968-029A". nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov. NASA. 27 February 2020. Retrieved 19 April 2020. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 24 January 2014.