Kosmos 2388

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Kosmos 2388
Mission type Early warning
COSPAR ID 2002-017A
SATCAT № 27409
Mission duration 4 years [1]
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type US-K [2]
Launch mass 1,900 kilograms (4,200 lb)[3]
Start of mission
Launch date 1 April 2002, 22:06 (2002-04-01UTC22:06Z) UTC
Rocket Molniya-M/2BL[2]
Launch site Plesetsk Cosmodrome[2][3]
End of mission
Deactivated November 2006[4]
Decay date 14 September 2011 (2011-09-15)[5]
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Molniya [2]
Perigee 518 kilometres (322 mi)[5]
Apogee 39,727 kilometres (24,685 mi)[5]
Inclination 62.9 degrees[5]
Period 715.57 minutes[5]

Kosmos 2388 (Russian: Космос 2388 meaning Cosmos 2388) was a Russian US-K missile early warning satellite which was launched in 2002 as part of the Russian Space Forces' Oko programme. The satellite was designed to identify missile launches using optical telescopes and infrared sensors.[2]

Kosmos 2388 was launched from Site 16/2 at Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia.[6] A Molniya-M carrier rocket with a 2BL upper stage was used to perform the launch, which took place at 22:06 UTC on 1 April 2002.[3] The launch successfully placed the satellite into a molniya orbit. It subsequently received its Kosmos designation, and the international designator 2002-017A.[3] The United States Space Command assigned it the Satellite Catalog Number 27409.[3]

It stopped undertaking maneuvers to remain in its orbital position in November 2006[4] and re-entered the atmosphere on 14 September 2011.[5]


  1. ^ 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 d e "Cosmos 2388". National Space Science Data Centre. 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  4. ^ a b Podvig, Pavel (23 October 2007). "Launch of Cosmos-2430 early-warning satellite". Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  6. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 

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