Kosmos 64

Summary

Kosmos 64
Mission typeOptical imaging reconnaissance
OperatorOKB-1
COSPAR ID1965-025A
SATCAT no.01305
Mission duration8 days
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeZenit-2
ManufacturerOKB-1
Launch mass4720 kg [1]
Start of mission
Launch date25 March 1965, 10:04:00 GMT [2]
RocketVostok-2 s/n G15001-06
Launch siteBaikonur, Site 31/6
ContractorOKB-1
End of mission
DisposalRecovered
Landing date2 April 1965
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric [3]
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude201 km
Apogee altitude267 km
Inclination65.0°
Period89.2 minutes
Epoch25 March 1965
 

Kosmos 64 (Russian: Космос 64 meaning Cosmos 64) or Zenit-2 No.17 was a Soviet, first generation, low resolution, optical film-return reconnaissance satellite launched in 1965. A Zenit-2 satellite, Kosmos 64 was the twenty-sixth of eighty-one such spacecraft to be launched[4][5] and had a mass of 4,720 kilograms (10,410 lb).

Kosmos 64 was launched by a Vostok-2 rocket, serial number G15001-06,[6] flying from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The launch took place at 10:04 GMT on 25 March 1965, and following its successful arrival in orbit the spacecraft received its Kosmos designation; along with the International Designator 1965-025A and the Satellite Catalog Number 01305.[7]

Kosmos 64 was operated in a low Earth orbit, on 25 March 1965 it had a perigee of 201 kilometres (125 mi), an apogee of 267 kilometres (166 mi), an inclination of 65.0° and an orbital period of 89.2 minutes. On 2 April 1965, after eight days in orbit, Kosmos 64 was deorbited with its return capsule descending by parachute for recovery by Soviet forces.[5]

References

  1. ^ https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraft/display.action?id=1965-025A - 27 February 2020
  2. ^ https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraft/display.action?id=1965-025A - 27 February 2020
  3. ^ https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraft/displayTrajectory.action?id=1965-025A - 27 February 2020
  4. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "Zenit-2 (11F61)". Gunter's Space Page. Archived from the original on 31 December 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  5. ^ a b Wade, Mark. "Zenit-2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 21 April 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  6. ^ Wade, Mark. "Vostok 8A92". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 22 August 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
  7. ^ https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraft/display.action?id=1965-025A - 27 February 2020