Kosmos 26

Summary

Kosmos 26
Mission typeMagnetosphere
COSPAR ID1964-013A
SATCAT no.00766
Mission duration194 days
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeDS-MG
ManufacturerYuzhnoye
Launch mass365 kg [1]
Start of mission
Launch date18 March 1964, 15:07:00 GMT
RocketKosmos-2I 63S1
Launch siteKapustin Yar, Mayak-2
ContractorYuzhnoye
End of mission
Decay date28 September 1964 (1964-09-29)
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric [2]
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude266 km
Apogee altitude387 km
Inclination49.0°
Period91.0 minutes
Epoch18 March 1964
 

Kosmos 26 (Russian: Космос 26 meaning Cosmos 26), also known as DS-MG No.1 was a scientific satellite which was launched by the Soviet Union in 1964. This mission studied the Earth's magnetic field and, along with Kosmos 49, represented the USSR contribution to the International Quiet Solar Year World Magnetic Survey. The corresponding American measurements were performed by the satellites OGO 2 and OGO 4.[3]

It was launched aboard a Kosmos-2I 63S1 rocket[4] from Mayak-2 at Kapustin Yar. The launch occurred at 15:07 GMT on 18 March 1964.[5]

Kosmos 26 was placed into a low Earth orbit with a perigee of 266 kilometres (165 mi), an apogee of 387 kilometres (240 mi), 49.0° of inclination, and an orbital period of 91.0 minutes. It decayed from orbit on 28 September 1964.[6] Kosmos 26 was the first of two DS-MG satellites to be launched, the other being Kosmos 49.[7]

See also

References

  1. ^ https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraft/display.action?id=1964-013A - 27 February 2020
  2. ^ https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraft/displayTrajectory.action?id=1964-013A - 27 February 2020
  3. ^ https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraft/display.action?id=1964-013A - 27 February 2020
  4. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 26 May 2009.
  5. ^ Wade, Mark. "Kosmos 2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2009.
  6. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 26 May 2009.
  7. ^ Wade, Mark. "DS-MG". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 5 January 2009. Retrieved 26 May 2009.