|Mission type||communications satellite|
|Manufacturer||NPO Prikladnoi Mekhaniki (NPO PM)|
|Launch mass||225 kilograms (496 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||8 September 2010, 03:30UTC|
|Launch site||Plesetsk 133/3|
|Regime||Low Earth Orbit|
|Perigee||1,509 kilometres (938 mi)|
|Apogee||1,498 kilometres (931 mi)|
Kosmos 2468 (Russian: Космос 2468 meaning Cosmos 2468) is a Russian military communications satellite which was launched in 2010 by the Russian Space Forces. It was launched with Kosmos 2467 and a Gonets-M civilian communication satellite.
Kosmos 2468 was launched from Site 133/3 at Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. It was launched by a Rockot carrier rocket with a Briz-KM upper stage at 03:30 UTC on its Kosmos designation, and the international designator 2010-043C. The United States Space Command assigned it the Satellite Catalog Number 37154.
Strela-3 and Rodnik
Kosmos 2468 and Kosmos 2467 are Strela-3 communications satellite. One of them is a Strela-3, and one is a Strela-3M. It is not known which is which. They are described as store-dump communications satellites which receive information from the ground when they pass overhead, and store that information until they pass over the ground station they deliver the information to.:15 The satellites are in low earth orbit going round the earth every 116 minutes. A full deployment of Strela-3 craft should consist of twelve satellites.:15 One satellite has the GRAU index of 17F13, as a Strela-3, and the other has a GRAU index of 17F132 as a Strela-3M.
Strela-3 has a civilian variant called Gonets which is used by the Russian government for communication in remote areas. It can take between two minutes and six hours to deliver messages.
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