Kosmos 142 ( Russian: Космос 142 meaning Cosmos 142), also known as DS-U2-I No.2, was a Soviet satellite which was launched in 1967 as part of the Dnepropetrovsk Sputnik programme. It was a 286-kilogram (631 lb) spacecraft, which was built by the [1 ] Yuzhnoye Design Bureau, and was used to study the effects on radio waves of passing through the ionosphere. [2 ]
Kosmos-2I 63SM carrier rocket was used to launch Kosmos 142 into low Earth orbit. The launch took place from Site 86/1 at Kapustin Yar. The launch occurred at 10:04:55 UTC on 14 February 1967, and resulted in the successful insertion of the satellite into orbit. [3 ] Upon reaching orbit, the satellite was assigned its [4 ] Kosmos designation, and received the International Designator 1967-013A. The [5 ] North American Aerospace Defense Command assigned it the catalogue number 02678.
Kosmos 142 was the second of three
DS-U2-I satellites to be launched. [2 ] It was operated in an orbit with a [6 ] perigee of 206 kilometres (128 mi), an apogee of 1,186 kilometres (737 mi), 48.4 degrees of inclination, and an orbital period of 98.7 minutes. On 6 July 1967, it [7 ] decayed from orbit and reentered the atmosphere. [7 ]
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^ a b "World Civil Satellites 1957-2006". Space Security Index . Retrieved 2009-12-23.
^ a b Wade, Mark. "DS-U2-I". Encyclopedia Astronautica . Retrieved 2009-12-23.
^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page . Retrieved 2009-12-23.
^ Wade, Mark. "Kosmos 2". Encyclopedia Astronautica . Retrieved 2009-12-23.
^ "Cosmos 142". NSSDC Master Catalog. US National Space Science Data Center . Retrieved 2009-12-23.
^ Krebs, Gunter. "DS-U2-I". Gunter's Space Page . Retrieved 2009-12-23.
^ a b McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page . Retrieved 2009-12-23.