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Kosmos 6
Mission typeABM radar target
Technology
Harvard designation1962 Alpha Delta 1
COSPAR ID1962-028A
SATCAT no.00338
Mission duration39 days
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeDS-P1
ManufacturerYuzhnoye
Launch mass355 kg [1]
Start of mission
Launch date30 June 1962, 16:00:00 GMT
RocketKosmos-2I 63S1
Launch siteKapustin Yar, Mayak-2
ContractorYuzhnoye
End of mission
Decay date8 August 1962
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric [2]
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude264 km
Apogee altitude344 km
Inclination49.0°
Period90.6 minutes
Epoch30 June 1962
 

Kosmos 6 (Russian: Космос 6 meaning Cosmos 6), also known as DS-P1 No.1 as part of the Dnepropetrovsk Sputnik programme [1] and occasionally in the West as Sputnik 16 was a prototype radar target satellite for anti-ballistic missile tests, which was launched by the Soviet Union in 1962.

Spacecraft

It was the sixth satellite to be designated under the Kosmos system, and the second spacecraft launched as part of the DS programme to successfully reach orbit, after Kosmos 1. It had a mass of 355 kilograms (783 lb).[1] Its primary mission was to demonstrate the necessary technologies for radar tracking of spacecraft, which would allow future satellites to function as targets. It was the first solar-powered satellite manufactured by Yuzhnoye.[3]

Mission

It was launched aboard the seventh flight of the Kosmos-2I 63S1 rocket.[4] The launch was conducted from Mayak-2 at Kapustin Yar, and occurred at 16:00:00 GMT on 30 June 1962.[5] Kosmos 6 was placed into a low Earth orbit with a perigee of 264 kilometres (164 mi), an apogee of 344 kilometres (214 mi), an inclination of 49.0°, and an orbital period of 90.6 minutes.[2] It decayed on 8 August 1962.[2]

Kosmos 6 was a prototype DS-P1 satellite, the first of four to be launched.[3] Of the other three satellites, one was lost in a launch failure on 6 April 1963, and the remaining two successfully reached orbit as Kosmos 19 and Kosmos 25.[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "Cosmos 6: Display 1962-028A". nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov. NASA. 27 February 2020. Retrieved 23 April 2020. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ a b c "Cosmos 6: Trajectory 1962-028A". nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov. NASA. 27 February 2020. Retrieved 23 April 2020. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ a b Wade, Mark. "DS-P1". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 10 July 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2009.
  4. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 23 May 2009.
  5. ^ Wade, Mark. "Kosmos 2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2009.
  6. ^ Wade, Mark. "DS". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 31 March 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2009.
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