Kosmos 10

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Kosmos 10
Mission type Reconnaissance
Harvard designation 1962 Beta Zeta 1
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Zenit-2
Manufacturer OKB-1
Launch mass 4,700 kilograms (10,400 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 17 October 1962, 09:00:00 (1962-10-17UTC09Z) UTC
Rocket Vostok-2
Launch site Baikonur 1/5
End of mission
Landing date 21 October 1962 (1962-10-22)
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 178 kilometres (111 mi)
Apogee 376 kilometres (234 mi)
Inclination 64.9 degrees
Period 90 minutes

Kosmos 10 (Russian: Космос 10 meaning Cosmos 10), also known as Zenit-2 #5, was a Soviet reconnaissance satellite launched in 1962. It was the tenth satellite to be designated under the Kosmos system, and the fourth successful launch of a Soviet reconnaissance satellite, following Kosmos 4, Kosmos 7 and Kosmos 9.[1]

Vostok-2 s/n T15000-03 was used to launch Kosmos 10.[2] The launch was conducted from Site 1/5 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, and occurred at 09:00:00 UTC on 21 October 1962.[3]

Kosmos 10 was placed into a low Earth orbit with a perigee of 178 kilometres (111 mi), an apogee of 376 kilometres (234 mi), 64.9 degrees of inclination, and an orbital period of 90 minutes.[1] It conducted a four-day mission, before being deorbited and landing by parachute on 21 October.[4]

Kosmos 10 was a Zenit-2 satellite, a reconnaissance satellite derived from the Vostok spacecraft used for manned flights.[1] Kosmos 10 carried an area survey reconnaissance payload. In addition to reconnaissance, it was also used for research into radiation in support of the Vostok programme. It was the last four day test flight of the Zenit-2 programme, before the system became fully operational and began making eight day full-duration flights from the next mission, Kosmos 12.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d Wade, Mark. "Zenit-2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 2009-05-24. 
  2. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-05-24. 
  3. ^ Wade, Mark. "Soyuz". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2009-05-24. 
  4. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-05-24.