Kosmos 26
Mission typeTechnology
COSPAR ID1964-013A
SATCAT no.00766
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeDS-MG
ManufacturerYuzhnoye
Launch mass365 kilograms (805 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date18 March 1964, 15:07 (1964-03-18UTC15:07Z) UTC
RocketKosmos-2I 63S1
Launch siteKapustin Yar Mayak-2
End of mission
Decay date28 September 1964 (1964-09-29)
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude268 kilometres (167 mi)
Apogee altitude376 kilometres (234 mi)
Inclination48.9 degrees
Period91 minutes
 

Kosmos 26 (Russian: Космос 26 meaning Cosmos 26), also known as DS-MG No.1 was a technology demonstration satellite which was launched by the Soviet Union in 1964 as part of the Dnepropetrovsk Sputnik programme. Its primary mission was to demonstrate an electric gyrodyne orientation system.[1] It also carried a magnetospheric research package as a secondary payload.[1]

It was launched aboard a Kosmos-2I 63S1 rocket[2] from pad 2 of the Mayak Launch Complex at Kapustin Yar. The launch occurred at 15:07 UTC on 18 March 1964.[3]

Kosmos 26 was placed into a low Earth orbit with a perigee of 268 kilometres (167 mi), an apogee of 376 kilometres (234 mi), 48.9 degrees of inclination, and an orbital period of 91 minutes.[1] It decayed from orbit on 28 September 1964.[4] Kosmos 26 was the first of two DS-MG satellites to be launched, the other being Kosmos 49.[1][5]

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References

  1. ^ a b c d Wade, Mark. "DS-MG". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 5 January 2009. Retrieved 26 May 2009.
  2. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 26 May 2009.
  3. ^ Wade, Mark. "Kosmos 2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2009.
  4. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 26 May 2009.
  5. ^ Wade, Mark. "DS". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 31 March 2009. Retrieved 26 May 2009.