Kosmos 136

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Kosmos 136
Mission type Optical imaging
COSPAR ID 1966-115A
SATCAT № 2624
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 19 December 1966, 12:00:01 (1966-12-19UTC12:00:01Z) UTC[2]
Rocket Vostok-2
Launch site Plesetsk 41/1
End of mission
Disposal Recovered
Landing date 27 December 1966, 06:00 (1966-12-27UTC07Z) UTC[3]
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 193 kilometres (120 mi)
Apogee 285 kilometres (177 mi)
Inclination 64.5 degrees
Period 89.28 minutes
Epoch 22 December 1966[4]

Kosmos 136 (Russian: Космос 136 meaning Cosmos 136) or Zenit-2 No.47 was a Soviet optical film-return reconnaissance satellite launched in 1966. A Zenit-2 spacecraft, Kosmos 136 was the forty-fourth of eighty-one such satellites to be launched[5][6] and had a mass of 4,730.0 kilograms (10,427.9 lb).[1] In addition to its reconnaissance mission, the satellite was also used for scientific research.[1]

Kosmos 136 was launched by a Vostok-2 rocket, serial number N15001-09,[7] flying from Site 41/1 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome. The launch took place at 12:00:01 UTC on 19 December 1966,[2] and following its successful arrival in orbit the spacecraft received its Kosmos designation; along with the International Designator 1966-115A and the Satellite Catalog Number 2624.[1]

Kosmos 136 was operated in a low Earth orbit; at an epoch of 22 December 1966 it had a perigee of 193 kilometres (120 mi), an apogee of 285 kilometres (177 mi) inclination of 64.5 degrees and an orbital period of 89.28 minutes.[4] After eight days in orbit, Kosmos 136 was deorbited, with its return capsule descending under parachute and landing at 06:00 UTC on 27 December 1966.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Cosmos 136". National Space Science Data Center. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Christie, Robert. "Zenit Satellites - Zenit-2 variant". Zarya.info. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "Zenit-2 (11F61)". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Wade, Mark. "Zenit-2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Wade, Mark. "Vostok 8A92". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 5 January 2014.