Kosmos 119

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Kosmos 119
Mission type Ionospheric
COSPAR ID 1966-043A
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type DS-U2-I
Manufacturer Yuzhnoye
Launch mass 250 kilograms (550 lb)[1]
Start of mission
Launch date 24 May 1966, 05:30:59 (1966-05-24UTC05:30:59Z) UTC
Rocket Kosmos-2I 63SM
Launch site Kapustin Yar 86/1
End of mission
Decay date 30 November 1966 (1966-12-01)
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 208 kilometres (129 mi)
Apogee 1,202 kilometres (747 mi)
Inclination 48.3 degrees
Period 98.9 minutes

Kosmos 119 (Russian: Космос 119 meaning Cosmos 119), also known as DS-U2-I No.1, was a Soviet satellite which was launched in 1966 as part of the Dnepropetrovsk Sputnik programme. It was a 250-kilogram (550 lb) spacecraft,[1] which was built by the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau, and was used to study the effects on radio waves of passing through the ionosphere.[1]

A Kosmos-2I 63SM carrier rocket was used to launch Kosmos 119 into low Earth orbit. The launch took place from Site 86/1 at Kapustin Yar.[2] The launch occurred at 05:30:59 GMT on 24 May 1966, and resulted in the successful insertion of the satellite into orbit.[3] Upon reaching orbit, the satellite was assigned its Kosmos designation, and received the International Designator 1966-043A.[4] The North American Aerospace Defense Command assigned it the catalogue number 02182.

Kosmos 119 was the first of three DS-U2-I satellites to be launched.[1][5] It was operated in an orbit with a perigee of 208 kilometres (129 mi), an apogee of 1,202 kilometres (747 mi), 48.3 degrees of inclination, and an orbital period of 98.9 minutes.[6] On 30 November 1966, it decayed from orbit and reentered the atmosphere.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Wade, Mark. "DS-U2-I". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  2. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  3. ^ Wade, Mark. "Kosmos 2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  4. ^ "Cosmos 119". NSSDC Master Catalog. US National Space Science Data Center. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  5. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "DS-U2-I". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  6. ^ a b McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-12-23.