Kosmos 11

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Kosmos 11
Mission type Technology
Harvard designation 1962 Beta Theta 1
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type DS-A1
Manufacturer Yuzhnoye
Launch mass 315 kg (694 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 20 October 1962, 04:00 (20 October 1962, 04:00) UTC
Rocket Kosmos-2I 63S1
Launch site Kapustin Yar Mayak-2
End of mission
Decay date 18 May 1964 (18 May 1964)
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 240 km (150 mi)
Apogee 858 km (533 mi)
Inclination 48.9 degrees
Period 95.6 minutes

Kosmos 11 (Russian: Космос 11 meaning Cosmos 11), also known as DS-A1 No.1 was a technology demonstration satellite which was launched by the Soviet Union in 1962. It was the eleventh satellite to be designated under the Kosmos system, and the fourth spacecraft launched as part of the DS programme to successfully reach orbit, after Kosmos 1, Kosmos 6 and Kosmos 8. Its primary mission was to demonstrate technologies for future Soviet military satellites.[1]

Launch[edit]

It was launched aboard the ninth flight of the Kosmos-2I 63S1 rocket.[2] The launch was conducted from pad 2 of the Mayak Launch Complex at Kapustin Yar on 20 October 1962 at 04:00 UTC.[3]

Mission[edit]

Kosmos 11 was placed into a low Earth orbit with a perigee of 240 km (150 mi), an apogee of 858 km (533 mi), 48.9 degrees of inclination, and an orbital period of 95.6 minutes.[1] It decayed on 18 May 1964.[4] Kosmos 11 was the first of seven DS-A1 satellites to be launched.[1] The next DS-A1 launched was Kosmos 17, in May 1963.[5]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Wade, Mark. "DS-A1". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  2. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  3. ^ Wade, Mark. "Kosmos 2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  4. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 25 May 2009. 
  5. ^ Wade, Mark. "DS". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 25 May 2009.