Kosmos 202

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Kosmos 202
Mission type Technology
COSPAR ID 1968-010A
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type DS-U2-V
Manufacturer Yuzhnoye
Launch mass 325 kilograms (717 lb)[1]
Start of mission
Launch date 20 February 1968, 10:03:11 (1968-02-20UTC10:03:11Z) UTC
Rocket Kosmos-2I 63SM
Launch site Kapustin Yar 86/4
End of mission
Decay date 24 March 1968 (1968-03-25)
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 211 kilometres (131 mi)
Apogee 446 kilometres (277 mi)
Inclination 48.4 degrees
Period 91.1 minutes

Kosmos 202 (Russian: Космос 202 meaning Cosmos 202), also known as DS-U2-V No.4, was a Soviet satellite which was launched in 1968 as part of the Dnepropetrovsk Sputnik programme. It was a 325-kilogram (717 lb) spacecraft,[2] which was built by the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau, and was used to conduct classified technology development experiments for the Soviet armed forces.[2]

A Kosmos-2I 63SM carrier rocket was used to launch Kosmos 202 into low Earth orbit. The launch took place from Site 86/4 at Kapustin Yar.[3] The launch occurred at 10:03:11 UTC on 20 February 1968, and resulted in the successful insertion of the satellite into orbit.[4] Upon reaching orbit, the satellite was assigned its Kosmos designation, and received the International Designator 1968-010A.[5] The North American Aerospace Defense Command assigned it the catalogue number 03128.

Kosmos 202 was the last of four DS-U2-V satellites to be launched.[2][6] It was operated in an orbit with a perigee of 211 kilometres (131 mi), an apogee of 446 kilometres (277 mi), 48.4 degrees of inclination, and an orbital period of 91.1 minutes.[7] On 24 March 1968, it decayed from orbit and reentered the atmosphere.[7]

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  1. ^ "World Civil Satellites 1957-2006". Space Security Index. Retrieved 2009-12-06. 
  2. ^ a b c Wade, Mark. "DS-U2-V". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 2009-12-06. 
  3. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-12-06. 
  4. ^ Wade, Mark. "Kosmos 2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 2009-12-06. 
  5. ^ "Cosmos 202". NSSDC Master Catalog. US National Space Science Data Center. Retrieved 2009-12-06. 
  6. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "DS-U2-V". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-12-06. 
  7. ^ a b McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2009-12-06.