Kosmos 219


Kosmos 219
Mission typeMagnetosphere
COSPAR ID1968-038A
SATCAT no.03220
Mission duration310 days
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeDS-U2-D
Launch mass400 kg
Start of mission
Launch date26 April 1968, 04:42:56 GMT
RocketKosmos-2I 63SM
Launch siteKapustin Yar, Site 86/4
End of mission
Last contact28 February 1969
Decay date2 March 1969
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude215 km
Apogee altitude1745 km
Period104.7 minutes
Epoch26 April 1968

Kosmos 219 (Russian: Космос 219 meaning Cosmos 219), also known as DS-U2-D No.2, was a Soviet satellite which was launched in 1968 as part of the Dnepropetrovsk Sputnik programme. It was a 400 kilograms (880 lb) spacecraft,[1] which was built by the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau, and was used to investigate flows of charged particles in the magnetosphere of the Earth.[1]

A Kosmos-2I 63SM carrier rocket was used to launch Kosmos 219 into low Earth orbit. The launch took place from Site 86/4 at Kapustin Yar.[2] The launch occurred at 04:42:56 GMT on 26 April 1968, and resulted in the successful insertion of the satellite into orbit.[3] Upon reaching orbit, the satellite was assigned its Kosmos designation, and received the International Designator 1968-038A.[4] The North American Aerospace Air Command assigned it the catalogue number 03220.

Kosmos 219 was the second of two DS-U2-D satellites to be launched,[1] after Kosmos 137.[5] It was operated in an orbit with a perigee of 215 kilometres (134 mi), an apogee of 1,745 kilometres (1,084 mi), 48.4° of inclination, and an orbital period of 104.7 minutes.[6] It completed operations on 28 February 1969,[7] before decaying from orbit and reentering the atmosphere on 2 March.[6]

See also


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  2. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  3. ^ Wade, Mark. "Kosmos 2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  4. ^ "Cosmos 219". NSSDC Master Catalog. US National Space Science Data Center. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  5. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "DS-U2-D". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  6. ^ a b McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
  7. ^ "World Civil Satellites 1957-2006". Space Security Index. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2009.