Kosmos 116

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Kosmos 116
Mission type ABM radar target
COSPAR ID 1966-036A
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type DS-P1-Yu
Manufacturer Yuzhnoye
Launch mass 325 kilograms (717 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 26 April 1966, 10:04 (1966-04-26UTC10:04Z) UTC
Rocket Kosmos-2M 63S1M
Launch site Kapustin Yar 86/1
End of mission
Decay date 3 December 1966 (1966-12-04)
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 287 kilometres (178 mi)
Apogee 445 kilometres (277 mi)
Inclination 48.3 degrees
Period 91.87 minutes

Kosmos 116 (Russian: Космос 116 meaning Cosmos 116), also known as DS-P1-Yu No.6 was a Soviet satellite which was used as a radar calibration target for tests of anti-ballistic missiles.[1] It was built by the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau, and launched in 1966 as part of the Dnepropetrovsk Sputnik programme.[2]

Kosmos 116 was launched using a Kosmos-2M 63S1M carrier rocket,[1][3] which flew from Site 86/1 at Kapustin Yar.[4] The launch occurred at 10:04 GMT on 26 April 1966, and was successful.[5] Kosmos 116 separated from its carrier rocket into a low Earth orbit with an apogee of 445 kilometres (277 mi), a perigee of 287 kilometres (178 mi), 48.3 degrees of inclination, and an orbital period of 91.87 minutes.[2][6] It decayed from orbit on 3 December 1966.[6] Kosmos 116 was the fifth of seventy nine DS-P1-Yu satellites to be launched,[2] and the fourth of seventy two to successfully reach orbit.

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  2. ^ a b c Wade, Mark. "DS-P1-Yu". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 9 August 2009. 
  3. ^ Wade, Mark (2001-10-31). "Kosmos 63S1M". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 
  4. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 9 August 2009. 
  5. ^ Wade, Mark. "Kosmos 2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 9 August 2009. 
  6. ^ a b McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 9 August 2009.