Kosmos 917

Summary

Kosmos 917
Mission typeEarly warning
COSPAR ID1977-047A
SATCAT no.10059
Mission duration4 years [1]
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeUS-K [2]
Launch mass1,900 kilograms (4,200 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date16 June 1977, 01:58 (1977-06-16UTC01:58Z) UTC
RocketMolniya-M/2BL[2]
Launch sitePlesetsk Cosmodrome[2][3]
End of mission
Deactivated30 March 1979[1]
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeMolniya [2]
Perigee altitude620 kilometres (390 mi)[4]
Apogee altitude39,725 kilometres (24,684 mi)[4]
Inclination62.9 degrees[4]
Period717.60 minutes[4]
 

Kosmos 917 (Russian: Космос 917 meaning Cosmos 917) was a Soviet US-K missile early warning satellite which was launched in 1977 as part of the Soviet military's Oko programme. The satellite was designed to identify missile launches using optical telescopes and infrared sensors.[2]

Kosmos 917 was launched from Site 43/4 at Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the Russian SSR.[3] A Molniya-M carrier rocket with a 2BL upper stage was used to perform the launch, which took place at 04:44 UTC on 16 June 1977.[3] The launch successfully placed the satellite into a molniya orbit. It subsequently received its Kosmos designation, and the international designator 1977-047A.[4] The United States Space Command assigned it the Satellite Catalog Number 10059.[4]

Podvig says that it self-destructed.[1]

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References

  1. ^ a b c Podvig, Pavel (2002). "History and the Current Status of the Russian Early-Warning System" (PDF). Science and Global Security. 10: 21–60. CiteSeerX 10.1.1.692.6127. doi:10.1080/08929880212328. ISSN 0892-9882. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-15.
  2. ^ a b c d e "US-K (73D6)". Gunter's Space Page. 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
  3. ^ a b c McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e f McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 30 April 2012.