Kosmos 163 ( Russian: Космос 163 meaning Cosmos 163), also known as DS-U2-MP No.2, was a Soviet satellite which was launched in 1967 as part of the Dnepropetrovsk Sputnik programme. It was a 280-kilogram (620 lb) spacecraft, which was built by the [1 ] Yuzhnoye Design Bureau, and was used to investigate micrometeoroids and particles of dust in space. [2 ]
Kosmos-2I 63SM carrier rocket was used to launch Kosmos 163 into low Earth orbit. The launch took place from Site 86/1 at Kapustin Yar. The launch occurred at 05:03:00 UTC on 5 June 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 1967-056A. The [5 ] North American Aerospace Defense Command assigned it the catalogue number 02832.
Kosmos 163 was the second of two
DS-U2-MP satellites to be launched, after Kosmos 135. [2 ] It was operated in an orbit with a [6 ] perigee of 251 kilometres (156 mi), an apogee of 549 kilometres (341 mi), 48.4 degrees of inclination, and an orbital period of 92.56 minutes. It [7 ] decayed from its orbit and reentered the atmosphere on 11 October 1967. [7 ]
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