Kosmos 1379

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Kosmos-1379
Mission type ASAT practice launch
COSPAR ID 1982-060A
SATCAT № 13281
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type IS-A
Manufacturer TsNII Kometa
Start of mission
Launch date 18 June 1982, 11:04 (1982-06-18UTC11:04Z) UTC[1]
Rocket Tsyklon-2
Launch site Baikonur 90
End of mission
Disposal Intercepted Kosmos 1375
Destroyed 18 June 1982 (1982-06-19)
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 140 kilometres (87 mi)
Apogee 542 kilometres (337 mi)
Inclination 65 degrees
Period 91.35 minutes
Epoch 18 June 1982[2]

Kosmos 1379 (Russian: Космос 1379 meaning Cosmos 1379) was a low orbit 'combat' satellite which was used by the Soviet Union on 18 June 1982 as part of a 'seven hour nuclear war'.[clarification needed] Kosmos 1379 intercepted and destroyed Kosmos 1375 as a demonstration of Soviet anti-satellite capability.[3] It was the last satellite to be launched as part of the Istrebitel Sputnik programme.

References[edit]

  1. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  2. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Rhodes, Richard, Arsensals of Folly: The Making of Nuclear Arms Race, (London: Pocket Books, 2009), 152-154.