|Launch mass||325 kilograms (717 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||26 December 1967, 09:01:59UTC|
|Launch site||Kapustin Yar 86/4|
|End of mission|
|Decay date||30 January 1968|
|Perigee||213 kilometres (132 mi)|
|Apogee||456 kilometres (283 mi)|
Kosmos 197 (Russian: Космос 197 meaning Cosmos 197), also known as DS-U2-V No.3, was a Soviet satellite which was launched in 1967 as part of the Dnepropetrovsk Sputnik programme. It was a 325-kilogram (717 lb) spacecraft, which was built by the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau, and was used to conduct classified technology development experiments for the Soviet armed forces.
A Kosmos-2I 63SM carrier rocket was used to launch Kosmos 197 into low Earth orbit. The launch took place from Site 86/4 at Kapustin Yar. The launch occurred at 09:01:59 UTC on 26 December 1967, and resulted in the successful insertion of the satellite into orbit. Upon reaching orbit, the satellite was assigned its Kosmos designation, and received the International Designator 1967-126A. The North American Aerospace Defense Command assigned it the catalogue number 03079.
Kosmos 197 was the third of four DS-U2-V satellites to be launched. It was operated in an orbit with a perigee of 213 kilometres (132 mi), an apogee of 456 kilometres (283 mi), 48.4 degrees of inclination, and an orbital period of 91.2 minutes. On 30 January 1968, it decayed from orbit and reentered the atmosphere.
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