Kosmos 396

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Kosmos 396
Mission type Reconnaissance
COSPAR ID 1971-014A
SATCAT № 4959
Mission duration ~13 days
Orbits completed ~210
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Zenit-4M
Manufacturer OKB-1
Launch mass 6,300 kilograms (13,900 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 18 February 1971, 13:59 (1971-02-18UTC13:59Z) UTC
Rocket Voskhod 11A57
Launch site Plesetsk 43/3[1]
End of mission
Landing date 3 March 1971 (1971-03-04)
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 204 kilometres (127 mi)
Apogee 285 kilometres (177 mi)
Inclination 65.4 degrees
Period 89.4 minutes

Kosmos 396 (Russian: Космос 396 meaning Cosmos 396) was an test flight of the Zenit-4M military surveillance satellite. The Zenit satellite's purpose was high resolution photographic reconnaissance. This particular test flight returned a capsule containing exposed film.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Zenit-4M". Archived from the original on 3 January 2010. Retrieved 10 November 2010.