Kosmos 801

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Kosmos 801
Mission type ABM radar target
COSPAR ID 1976-012A
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type DS-P1-I
Manufacturer Yuzhnoye
Launch mass 400 kilograms (880 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 5 February 1976, 14:39 (1976-02-05UTC14:39Z) UTC
Rocket Kosmos-2I 63SM
Launch site Plesetsk 133/1
End of mission
Decay date 5 January 1978 (1978-01-06)
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 268 kilometres (167 mi)
Apogee 796 kilometres (495 mi)
Inclination 71 degrees
Period 95.3 minutes

Kosmos 801 (Russian: Космос 801 meaning Cosmos 801), also known as DS-P1-I No.16 was a satellite which was used as a radar target for anti-ballistic missile tests. It was launched by the Soviet Union in 1976 as part of the Dnepropetrovsk Sputnik programme.[1]

It was launched aboard a Kosmos-2I 63SM rocket,[2] from Site 133/1 at Plesetsk. The launch occurred at 14:39 UTC on 5 February 1976.[3]

Kosmos 801 was placed into a low Earth orbit with a perigee of 268 kilometres (167 mi), an apogee of 796 kilometres (495 mi), 71 degrees of inclination, and an orbital period of 95.3 minutes.[1] It decayed from orbit on 5 January 1978.[4]

Kosmos 801 was the sixteenth of nineteen DS-P1-I satellites to be launched.[1] Of these, all reached orbit successfully except the seventh.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c Wade, Mark. "DS-P1-I". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  2. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  3. ^ Wade, Mark. "Kosmos 2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  4. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  5. ^ Wade, Mark. "DS". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 28 May 2009.