Kosmos 117

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Kosmos 117
Mission type Optical imaging
COSPAR ID 1966-037A
SATCAT № 2163
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 6 May 1966, 11:02 (1966-05-06UTC11:02Z) UTC[2]
Rocket Vostok-2
Launch site Baikonur 31/6
End of mission
Disposal Recovered
Landing date 14 May 1966, 08:24 (1966-05-14UTC08:25Z) UTC[3]
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 204 kilometres (127 mi)
Apogee 296 kilometres (184 mi)
Inclination 64.9 degrees
Period 89.5 minutes
Epoch 8 May 1966[4]

Kosmos 117 (Russian: Космос 117 meaning Cosmos 117) or Zenit-2 No.39 was a Soviet optical film-return reconnaissance satellite launched in 1966. A Zenit-2 spacecraft, Kosmos 117 was the thirty-eighth of eighty-one such satellites to be launched[5][6] and had a mass of 4,730.0 kilograms (10,427.9 lb).[1]

Kosmos 117 was launched by a Vostok-2 rocket, serial number N15001-01,[7] flying from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The launch took place at 11:02 UTC on 6 May 1966,[2] and following its successful arrival in orbit the spacecraft received its Kosmos designation; along with the International Designator 1966-037A and the Satellite Catalog Number 2163.[1]

Kosmos 117 was operated in a low Earth orbit; at an epoch of 8 May 1966 it had a perigee of 204 kilometres (127 mi), an apogee of 296 kilometres (184 mi) inclination of 64.9 degrees and an orbital period of 89.5 minutes.[4] After eight days in orbit, Kosmos 117 was deorbited, with its return capsule descending under parachute and landing at 08:24 UTC on 14 May 1966.[3]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Cosmos 117". National Space Science Data Center. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Christie, Robert. "Zenit Satellites - Zenit-2 variant". Zarya.info. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "Zenit-2 (11F61)". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Wade, Mark. "Zenit-2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Wade, Mark. "Vostok 8A92". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 3 January 2014.