Kosmos 204

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Kosmos 204
Mission type ABM radar target
COSPAR ID 1968-015A
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type DS-P1-I
Manufacturer Yuzhnoye
Launch mass 300 kilograms (660 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 5 March 1968, 11:20 (1968-03-05UTC11:20Z) UTC
Rocket Kosmos-2I 63SM
Launch site Plesetsk 133/1
End of mission
Decay date 2 March 1969 (1969-03-03)
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 485 kilometres (301 mi)
Apogee 626 kilometres (389 mi)
Inclination 70.9 degrees
Period 95.7 minutes

Kosmos 204 (Russian: Космос 204 meaning Cosmos 204), also known as DS-P1-I No.3 was a satellite which was used as a radar target for anti-ballistic missile tests. It was launched by the Soviet Union in 1968 as part of the Dnepropetrovsk Sputnik programme.[1]

It was launched aboard a Kosmos-2I 63SM rocket,[2] from Site 133/1 at Plesetsk. The launch occurred at 11:20 UTC on 5 March 1968.[3]

Kosmos 204 was placed into a low Earth orbit with a perigee of 485 kilometres (301 mi), an apogee of 626 kilometres (389 mi), 70.9 degrees of inclination, and an orbital period of 95.7 minutes.[1] It decayed from orbit on 2 March 1969.[4]

Kosmos 204 was the third of nineteen DS-P1-I satellites to be launched.[1] Of these, all reached orbit successfully except the seventh.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c Wade, Mark. "DS-P1-I". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  2. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  3. ^ Wade, Mark. "Kosmos 2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  4. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  5. ^ Wade, Mark. "DS". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 28 May 2009.