Kosmos 396


Kosmos 396
Mission typeReconnaissance
COSPAR ID1971-014A
SATCAT no.4959
Mission duration~13 days
Orbits completed~210
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeZenit-4M
Launch mass6,300 kilograms (13,900 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date18 February 1971, 13:59 (1971-02-18UTC13:59Z) UTC
RocketVoskhod 11A57
Launch sitePlesetsk 43/3[1]
End of mission
Landing date3 March 1971 (1971-03-04)
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude212 kilometres (132 mi)[2]
Apogee altitude310 kilometres (190 mi)[2]
Inclination65.4 degrees[2]
Period89.4 minutes[2]
Epoch17 February 1971, 19:00:00 UTC[2]

Kosmos 396 (Russian: Космос 396 meaning Cosmos 396) was an test flight of the Zenit-4M military surveillance satellite. The Zenit satellite's purpose was high resolution photographic reconnaissance. This particular test flight returned a capsule containing exposed film.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Zenit-4M". Archived from the original on 3 January 2010. Retrieved 10 November 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "NASA - NSSDCA - Spacecraft - Trajectory Details". nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov. Retrieved 2018-05-02.