Kosmos 1596

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Kosmos 1596
Mission type Early warning
COSPAR ID 1984-096A
SATCAT № 15267
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 7 September 1984, 19:13 (1984-09-07UTC19:13Z) UTC
Rocket Molniya-M/2BL[2]
Launch site Plesetsk Cosmodrome[2][3]
End of mission
Deactivated 26 November 1986[1]
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Molniya [2]
Perigee 654 kilometres (406 mi)[4]
Apogee 39,704 kilometres (24,671 mi)[4]
Inclination 62.9 degrees[4]
Period 717.84 minutes[4]

Kosmos 1596 (Russian: Космос 1596 meaning Cosmos 1596) is a Soviet US-K missile early warning satellite which was launched in 1984 as part of the Soviet military's Oko programme. The satellite is designed to identify missile launches using optical telescopes and infrared sensors.[2]

Kosmos 1596 was launched from Site 16/2 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 19:13 UTC on 7 September 1984.[3] The launch successfully placed the satellite into a molniya orbit. It subsequently received its Kosmos designation, and the international designator 1984-096A.[4] The United States Space Command assigned it the Satellite Catalog Number 15267.[4]

References[edit]

  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. 
  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 McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 

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