A standard LK
|Launch mass||7,495 kilograms (16,524 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||24 November 1970, 11:00:00UTC|
|Launch site||Baikonur 31/6|
|Perigee altitude||198 kilometres (123 mi)|
|Apogee altitude||253 kilometres (157 mi)|
Earth orbit simulated propulsion system operations of a nominal lunar landing mission. Kosmos 379 entered a 192 to 232 km low Earth orbit. After three days it fired its motor to simulate hover and touchdown on the moon, in imitation of a descent to the lunar surface after separation of the Blok D lunar crasher propulsion module. The engine firing changed its orbit from 192 km X 233 km to 196 km X 1206 km (delta-V = 263 m/s).
After a simulated stay on the Moon, it increased its speed by 1.518 km/s, simulating ascent to lunar orbit making the final apogee 14,035 km. These main maneuvers were followed by a series of small adjustments simulating rendezvous and docking with the Soyuz 7K-L3. The LK lander tested out without major problems and decayed from orbit on September 21, 1983.