Kosmos 49

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Kosmos 49
Mission type Technology
COSPAR ID 1964-069A
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type DS-MG
Manufacturer Yuzhnoye
Launch mass 355 kilograms (783 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 24 October 1964, 05:16 (1964-10-24UTC05:16Z) UTC
Rocket Kosmos-2I 63S1
Launch site Kapustin Yar Mayak-2
End of mission
Decay date 21 August 1965 (1965-08-22)
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 260 kilometres (160 mi)
Apogee 472 kilometres (293 mi)
Inclination 48.9 degrees
Period 91.9 minutes

Kosmos 49 (Russian: Космос 49 meaning Cosmos 49), also known as DS-MG No.2 was a technology demonstration satellite which was launched by the Soviet Union in 1964 as part of the Dnepropetrovsk Sputnik programme. Its primary mission was to demonstrate an electric gyrodyne orientation system.[1] It also carried several scientific research packages as secondary payloads.[1]

It was launched aboard a Kosmos-2I 63S1 rocket[2] from pad 2 of the Mayak Launch Complex at Kapustin Yar. The launch occurred at 05:16 UTC on 24 October 1964.[3]

Kosmos 49 was placed into a low Earth orbit with a perigee of 260 kilometres (160 mi), an apogee of 472 kilometres (293 mi), 48.9 degrees of inclination, and an orbital period of 91.9 minutes.[1] It decayed from orbit on 21 August 1965.[4] Kosmos 49 was the second of two DS-MG satellites to be launched, the other being Kosmos 26.[1][5] In addition to technological research, it also conducted scientific research into the Earth's magnetosphere, infrared flux and ultraviolet flux.

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  1. ^ a b c d Wade, Mark. "DS-MG". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 26 May 2009. 
  2. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 26 May 2009. 
  3. ^ Wade, Mark. "Kosmos 2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 26 May 2009. 
  4. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 26 May 2009. 
  5. ^ Wade, Mark. "DS". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 26 May 2009.