Kosmos 219

Summary

Kosmos 219
Mission typeMagnetosphere
COSPAR ID1968-038A
SATCAT no.03220
Mission duration310 days
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeDS-U2-D
ManufacturerYuzhnoye
Launch mass400 kg
Start of mission
Launch date26 April 1968, 04:42:56 GMT
RocketKosmos-2I 63SM
Launch siteKapustin Yar, Site 86/4
ContractorYuzhnoye
End of mission
Last contact28 February 1969
Decay date2 March 1969
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude215 km
Apogee altitude1745 km
Inclination48.4°
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]

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References

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  3. ^ Wade, Mark. "Kosmos 2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
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  6. ^ a b McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 24 December 2009.
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