Kosmos 105

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Kosmos 105
Mission type Optical imaging
COSPAR ID 1966-003A
SATCAT № 1945
Mission duration 8 days[1]
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Zenit-2
Manufacturer OKB-1
Launch mass 4,730.0 kilograms (10,427.9 lb)[1]
Start of mission
Launch date 22 January 1966, 08:38 (1966-01-22UTC08:38Z) UTC[2]
Rocket Vostok-2
Launch site Baikonur 31/6
End of mission
Disposal Recovered
Landing date 30 January 1966 (1966-01-31)
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 204 kilometres (127 mi)
Apogee 310 kilometres (190 mi)
Inclination 65 degrees
Period 89.64 minutes
Epoch 23 January 1966[3]

Kosmos 105 (Russian: Космос 105 meaning Cosmos 105) or Zenit-2 No.38 was a Soviet optical film-return reconnaissance satellite launched in 1966. A Zenit-2 spacecraft, Kosmos 105 was the thirty-fourth of eighty-one such satellites to be launched[4][5] and had a mass of 4,730.0 kilograms (10,427.9 lb).[1]

Kosmos 105 was launched by a Vostok-2 rocket[6] flying from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The launch took place at 08:38 UTC on 22 January 1966,[2] and following its successful arrival in orbit the spacecraft received its Kosmos designation, along with the International Designator 1966-003A and the Satellite Catalog Number 1945.[1]

Kosmos 105 was operated in a low Earth orbit; at an epoch of 23 January 1966 it had a perigee of 204 kilometres (127 mi), an apogee of 310 kilometres (190 mi) inclination of 65 degrees and an orbital period of 89.64 minutes.[3] On 30 January 1966, after eight days in orbit, the satellite was deorbited with its return capsule descending by parachute for recovery.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Cosmos 105". National Space Science Data Center. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "Zenit-2 (11F61)". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Wade, Mark. "Zenit-2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Wade, Mark. "Vostok 8A92". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 2 January 2014.