Kosmos 112

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Kosmos 112
Mission type Optical imaging
COSPAR ID 1966-021A
SATCAT no. 2107
Mission duration 8 days[1]
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Zenit-2
Manufacturer OKB-1
Launch mass 4,730.0 kilograms (10,427.9 lb)[1]
Start of mission
Launch date 17 March 1966, 10:28 (1966-03-17UTC10:28Z) UTC[2]
Rocket Vostok-2
Launch site Plesetsk 41/1
End of mission
Disposal Recovered
Landing date 25 March 1966, 05:31 (1966-03-25UTC05:32Z) UTC[3]
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 207 kilometres (129 mi)
Apogee 564 kilometres (350 mi)
Inclination 72.1 degrees
Period 92.27 minutes
Epoch 17 March 1966[4]

Kosmos 112 (Russian: Космос 112 meaning Cosmos 112) or Zenit-2 No.37 was a Soviet optical film-return reconnaissance satellite launched in 1966. A Zenit-2 spacecraft, Kosmos 112 was the thirty-sixth of eighty-one such satellites to be launched[5][6] and had a mass of 4,730.0 kilograms (10,427.9 lb).[1]It was the first satellite to be launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.[3]

Kosmos 112 was launched by a Vostok-2 rocket, serial number U15001-09,[7] flying from Site 41/1 at Plesetsk. The launch took place at 10:28 UTC on 17 March 1966,[2] and following its successful arrival in orbit the spacecraft received its Kosmos designation; along with the International Designator 1966-021A and the Satellite Catalog Number 2107.[1]

Kosmos 112 was operated in a low Earth orbit; at an epoch of 17 March 1966 it had a perigee of 207 kilometres (129 mi), an apogee of 564 kilometres (350 mi) inclination of 72.1 degrees and an orbital period of 92.27 minutes.[4] After eight days in orbit, Kosmos 112 was deorbited, with its return capsule descending under parachute and landing at 05:31 UTC on 25 March 1966.[3]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Cosmos 112". National Space Science Data Center. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Christie, Robert. "Zenit Satellites - Zenit-2 variant". Zarya.info. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "Zenit-2 (11F61)". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Wade, Mark. "Zenit-2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Wade, Mark. "Vostok 8A92". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 3 January 2014.