Kosmos 801
Mission typeABM radar target
COSPAR ID1976-012A
SATCAT no.08658
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeDS-P1-I
ManufacturerYuzhnoye
Launch mass400 kilograms (880 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date5 February 1976, 14:39 (1976-02-05UTC14:39Z) UTC
RocketKosmos-2I 63SM
Launch sitePlesetsk 133/1
End of mission
Decay date5 January 1978 (1978-01-06)
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude268 kilometres (167 mi)
Apogee altitude796 kilometres (495 mi)
Inclination71 degrees
Period95.3 minutes
 

Kosmos 801 (Russian: Космос 801 meaning Cosmos 801), also known as DS-P1-I No.16 was a satellite which was used as a radar target for anti-ballistic missile tests. It was launched by the Soviet Union in 1976 as part of the Dnepropetrovsk Sputnik programme.[1]

It was launched aboard a Kosmos-2I 63SM rocket,[2] from Site 133/1 at Plesetsk. The launch occurred at 14:39 UTC on 5 February 1976.[3]

Kosmos 801 was placed into a low Earth orbit with a perigee of 268 kilometres (167 mi), an apogee of 796 kilometres (495 mi), 71 degrees of inclination, and an orbital period of 95.3 minutes.[1] It decayed from orbit on 5 January 1978.[4]

Kosmos 801 was the sixteenth of nineteen DS-P1-I satellites to be launched.[1] Of these, all reached orbit successfully except the seventh.[5]

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References

  1. ^ a b c Wade, Mark. "DS-P1-I". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 30 November 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2009.
  2. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 28 May 2009.
  3. ^ Wade, Mark. "Kosmos 2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2009.
  4. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 28 May 2009.
  5. ^ Wade, Mark. "DS". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 31 March 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2009.