Kosmos 472


Kosmos 472
Mission typeABM radar target
COSPAR ID1972-004A
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Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeDS-P1-Yu
Launch mass250 kilograms (550 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date25 January 1972, 11:15:01 (1972-01-25UTC11:15:01Z) UTC
RocketKosmos-2I 63SM
Launch sitePlesetsk 133/1
End of mission
Decay date18 August 1972 (1972-08-19)
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude195 kilometres (121 mi)
Apogee altitude1,417 kilometres (880 mi)
Inclination81.9 degrees
Period101 minutes

Kosmos 472 (Russian: Космос 472 meaning Cosmos 472), known before launch as DS-P1-Yu No.52, was a Soviet satellite which was launched in 1972 as part of the Dnepropetrovsk Sputnik programme. It was a 250-kilogram (550 lb) spacecraft, which was built by the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau, and was used as a radar calibration target for anti-ballistic missile tests.[1]


Kosmos 472 was successfully launched into low Earth orbit on 25 January 1972, with the rocket lifting off at 11:15:01 UTC.[2] The launch took place from Site 133/1 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome,[3] and used a Kosmos-2I 63SM carrier rocket.


Upon reaching orbit, it was assigned its Kosmos designation, and received the International Designator 1972-004A.[4] The North American Aerospace Defense Command assigned it the catalogue number 05804.

Kosmos 472 was the fiftieth of seventy nine DS-P1-Yu satellites to be launched,[1] and the forty-fifth of seventy two to successfully reach orbit.[5] It was operated in an orbit with a perigee of 195 kilometres (121 mi), an apogee of 1,417 kilometres (880 mi), 81.9 degrees of inclination, and an orbital period of 101 minutes.[1][6] It remained in orbit until it decayed and reentered the atmosphere on 18 August 1972.[6]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Wade, Mark. "DS-P1-Yu". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 18 May 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2009.
  2. ^ Wade, Mark. "Kosmos 2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2009.
  3. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 28 August 2009.
  4. ^ "Cosmos 472". NSSDC Master Catalog. US National Space Science Data Center. Retrieved 28 August 2009.
  5. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "DS-P1-Yu (11F618)". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 28 August 2009.
  6. ^ a b McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 28 August 2009.