Kosmos 2388 ( Russian: Космос 2388 meaning Cosmos 2388) was a Russian US-K missile early warning satellite which was launched in 2002 as part of the Russian Space Forces' Oko programme. The satellite was designed to identify missile launches using optical telescopes and infrared sensors. [2 ]
Kosmos 2388 was launched from
Site 16/2 at Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia. A [6 ] Molniya-M carrier rocket with a 2BL upper stage was used to perform the launch, which took place at 22:06 UTC on 1 April 2002. The launch successfully placed the satellite into a [3 ] molniya orbit. It subsequently received its Kosmos designation, and the international designator 2002-017A. The [3 ] United States Space Command assigned it the Satellite Catalog Number 27409. [3 ]
It stopped undertaking maneuvers to remain in its orbital position in November 2006
and re-entered the atmosphere on 14 September 2011. [4 ] [5 ]
References [ edit ]
^ Podvig, Pavel (2002). "History and the Current Status of the Russian Early-Warning System" (pdf). Science and Global Security 10: 21–60. doi: 10.1080/08929880212328. ISSN 0892-9882.
^ a b c d e "US-K (73D6)". Gunter's Space Page. 2012-03-08 . Retrieved 2012-04-21.
^ a b c d e "Cosmos 2388". National Space Science Data Centre. 2012-04-20 . Retrieved 2012-04-25.
^ a b Podvig, Pavel (23 October 2007). "Launch of Cosmos-2430 early-warning satellite". Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces . Retrieved 20 May 2012.
^ a b c d e f McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page . Retrieved 30 April 2012.
^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page . Retrieved 2 May 2012.
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