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Class: Earth. Type: Magnetosphere. Nation: USSR. Manufacturer: KBYu.

Operational monitoring of cosmic rays, radiation from nuclear tests, and natural and artifically-produced radiation belts. Also said to have carried experiments to test communications and navigation equipment needed for command and control of Soviet nuclear forces (later used on the Uragan navigation satellites).


Specification

Total Mass: 30 kg.


DS-A1 Chronology


20 October 1962 Cosmos 11 Program: DS. Launch Site: Kapustin Yar . Launch Vehicle: Kosmos 63S1. Mass: 315 kg. Perigee: 240 km. Apogee: 858 km. Inclination: 48.9 deg.

Investigation of the upper atmosphere and outer space.


22 May 1963 Cosmos 17 Program: DS. Launch Site: Kapustin Yar . Launch Vehicle: Kosmos 63S1. Mass: 322 kg. Perigee: 251 km. Apogee: 658 km. Inclination: 48.9 deg.

Investigation of the upper atmosphere and outer space.


22 August 1963 DS-A1 s/n 3 Program: DS. Launch Site: Kapustin Yar . Launch Vehicle: Kosmos 63S1. FAILURE: First stage failed.
24 October 1963 DS-A1 s/n 4 Program: DS. Launch Site: Kapustin Yar . Launch Vehicle: Kosmos 63S1. FAILURE: Second stage failed 353 seconds after launch.
30 January 1965 Cosmos 53 Program: DS. Launch Site: Kapustin Yar . Launch Vehicle: Kosmos 63S1. Mass: 310 kg. Perigee: 221 km. Apogee: 1,172 km. Inclination: 48.7 deg.

Investigation of the upper atmosphere and outer space.


20 February 1965 DS-A1 s/n 6 Program: DS. Launch Site: Kapustin Yar . Launch Vehicle: Kosmos 63S1. FAILURE: First stage failed 64 seconds after launch.
02 July 1965 Cosmos 70 Program: DS. Launch Site: Kapustin Yar . Launch Vehicle: Kosmos 63S1. Mass: 250 kg. Perigee: 223 km. Apogee: 1,176 km. Inclination: 48.8 deg.

Investigation of the upper atmosphere and outer space.



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