Kosmos 93

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Kosmos 93
Mission type Technology
COSPAR ID 1965-084A
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type DS-U2-V
Manufacturer Yuzhnoye
Launch mass 305 kilograms (672 lb)[1]
Start of mission
Launch date 19 October 1965, 05:44 (1965-10-19UTC05:44Z) UTC
Rocket Kosmos-2M 63S1M
Launch site Kapustin Yar 86/1
End of mission
Decay date 3 January 1966 (1966-01-04)
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 158 kilometres (98 mi)
Apogee 208 kilometres (129 mi)
Inclination 48.3 degrees
Period 88.2 minutes

Kosmos 93 (Russian: Космос 93 meaning Cosmos 93), also known as DS-U2-V No.1, was a Soviet satellite which was launched in 1965 as part of the Dnepropetrovsk Sputnik programme. It was a 305-kilogram (672 lb) spacecraft,[2] which was built by the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau, and was used to conduct classified technology development experiments for the Soviet armed forces.[2]

A Kosmos-2M 63S1M[3] carrier rocket was used to launch Kosmos 93 into low Earth orbit. The launch took place from Site 86/1 at Kapustin Yar.[4] The launch occurred at 05:44 UTC on 19 October 1965, and resulted in the successful insertion of the satellite into orbit.[5] Upon reaching orbit, the satellite was assigned its Kosmos designation, and received the International Designator 1965-084A.[6] The North American Aerospace Defense Command assigned it the catalogue number 01629.

Kosmos 93 was the first of four DS-U2-V satellites to be launched.[2][7] It was operated in an orbit with a perigee of 158 kilometres (98 mi), an apogee of 208 kilometres (129 mi), 48.3 degrees of inclination, and an orbital period of 88.2 minutes.[8] On 3 January 1966, it decayed from orbit and reentered the atmosphere.[8]

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  3. ^ Wade, Mark (2001-10-31). "Kosmos 63S1M". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 
  4. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-12-06. 
  5. ^ Wade, Mark. "Kosmos 2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 2009-12-06. 
  6. ^ "Cosmos 93". NSSDC Master Catalog. US National Space Science Data Center. Retrieved 2009-12-06. 
  7. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "DS-U2-V". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-12-06. [dead link]
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