Kosmos 176

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Kosmos 176
Mission type ABM radar target
COSPAR ID 1967-086A
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type DS-P1-Yu
Manufacturer Yuzhnoye
Launch mass 250 kilograms (550 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 12 September 1967, 17:00 (1967-09-12UTC17Z) UTC
Rocket Kosmos-2I 63SM
Launch site Plesetsk 133/1
End of mission
Decay date 3 March 1968 (1968-03-04)
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 193 kilometres (120 mi)
Apogee 1,395 kilometres (867 mi)
Inclination 81.9 degrees
Period 100.74 minutes

Kosmos 176 (Russian: Космос 176 meaning Cosmos 176), also known as DS-P1-Yu No.10 was a Soviet satellite which was used as a radar calibration target for tests of anti-ballistic missiles. It was built by the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau, and launched in 1967 as part of the Dnepropetrovsk Sputnik programme.[1]

A Kosmos-2I 63SM carrier rocket was used to launch Kosmos 176 from Site 133/1 at Plesetsk Cosmodrome.[2] The launch occurred at 17:00 UTC on 12 September 1967, and resulted in Kosmos 176's successful deployment into Low earth orbit.[3]

Kosmos 176 was operated in an orbit with a perigee of 193 kilometres (120 mi), an apogee of 1,395 kilometres (867 mi), 81.9 degrees of inclination, and an orbital period of 100.74 minutes.[1][4] It remained in orbit until it decayed and reentered the atmosphere on 3 March 1968.[4] It was the tenth of seventy nine DS-P1-Yu satellites to be launched,[1] and the ninth of seventy two to successfully reach orbit.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c Wade, Mark. "DS-P1-Yu". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 9 August 2009. 
  2. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 9 August 2009. 
  3. ^ Wade, Mark. "Kosmos 2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 9 August 2009. 
  4. ^ a b McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 9 August 2009. 
  5. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "DS-P1-Yu (11F618)". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 9 August 2009.