Kosmos 1481

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Kosmos 1481
Mission type Early warning
COSPAR ID 1983-070A
SATCAT no. 14182
Mission duration 4 years [1]
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type US-K [2]
Launch mass 1,900 kilograms (4,200 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 8 July 1983, 19:21 (1983-07-08UTC19:21Z) UTC
Rocket Molniya-M/2BL[2]
Launch site Plesetsk Cosmodrome[2][3]
End of mission
Deactivated 9 July 1983[1]
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Molniya [2]
Perigee 689 kilometres (428 mi)[4]
Apogee 39,147 kilometres (24,325 mi)[4]
Inclination 62.9 degrees[4]
Period 707.31 minutes[4]

Kosmos 1481 (Russian: Космос 1481 meaning Cosmos 1481) was a Soviet US-K missile early warning satellite which was launched in 1983 as part of the Soviet military's Oko programme. The satellite was designed to identify missile launches using optical telescopes and infrared sensors.[2]

Kosmos 1481 was launched from Site 43/3 at Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the Russian SSR.[3] A Molniya-M carrier rocket with a 2BL upper stage was used to perform the launch, which took place at 19:21 UTC on 8 July 1983.[3] The launch successfully placed the satellite into a molniya orbit. It subsequently received its Kosmos designation, and the international designator 1983-070A.[4] The United States Space Command assigned it the Satellite Catalog Number 14182.[4]

This satellite did not reach its working orbit and self-destructed. As well as its main entry this satellite has catalogued debris such as:

COSPAR [4] Satcat[4]
1983-070E 14192
1983-070F 20412
1983-070G 26633
1983-070H 27906
1983-070J 27907
1983-070K 33531

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  1. ^ a b Podvig, Pavel (2002). "History and the Current Status of the Russian Early-Warning System" (PDF). Science and Global Security. 10: 21–60. doi:10.1080/08929880212328. ISSN 0892-9882. Archived from the original (pdf) on 15 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "US-K (73D6)". Gunter's Space Page. 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  3. ^ a b c McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 30 April 2012.