Kosmos 2422

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Kosmos 2422
Mission type Early warning
COSPAR ID 2006-030A
SATCAT no. 29260
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 21 July 2006, 04:20 (2006-07-21UTC04:20Z) UTC
Rocket Molniya-M/2BL[2]
Launch site Plesetsk Cosmodrome[2][3]
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Molniya [2]
Perigee 583 kilometres (362 mi)[4]
Apogee 39,780 kilometres (24,720 mi)[4]
Inclination 62.9 degrees[4]
Period 717.96 minutes[4]

Kosmos 2422 (Russian: Космос 2422 meaning Cosmos 2422) is a Russian US-K missile early warning satellite which was launched in 2006 as part of the Russian Space Forces' Oko programme.[5] The satellite is designed to identify missile launches using optical telescopes and infrared sensors.[2]

Kosmos 2422 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 04:20 UTC on 21 July 2006.[3] The launch successfully placed the satellite into a molniya orbit. It subsequently received its Kosmos designation, and the international designator 2006-030A.[3] The United States Space Command assigned it the Satellite Catalog Number 29260.[3]


  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 2422". National Space Science Data Centre. 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  4. ^ a b c d McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Podvig, Pavel (July 21, 2006). "Cosmos-2422 launch seems to aim at upgrading the early warning system". Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  6. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 

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