|Mission type||ASAT target|
|Launch mass||4,000 kilograms (8,800 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||06 September 1969, 5:44:00UTC|
|Launch site||Baikonur Cosmodrome|
Kosmos 291 (Russian: Космос 291 meaning Cosmos 291), was a satellite which was used as a target for tests of anti-satellite weapons. It was launched by the Soviet Union in September 1969 as part of the Istrebitel Sputnikov programme.
It was launched aboard a Tsyklon carrier rocket, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The launch occurred at 5:44:00 UTC on 06 September 1969. Shortly after launch, there was a booster failure which resulted in the loss of the spaceraft.