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Interkosmos 2, 8 (DS-U1-IK)

Interkosmos 8 [Yuzhnoye]

The Interkosmos DS-U1-IK series consisted of two missions in to investigate the ionosphere. They were conducted by Interkosmos, an international cooperation of socialist countries.

The satellites were based on Yuzhnoye's DS-U1 bus. The satellites were battery powered. These satellites carried a suite of east European experiments to study the characteristics of the earth's ionosphere and of concentrations of electrons and positive ions.

Interkosmos 2 was launched on 25 December 1969 on a Kosmos-2 rocket from the Kapustin Yar cosmodrome.

Interkosmos 8 was launched on 30 November 1972 on a Kosmos-2 rocket from the Plesetsk cosmodrome.

Nation: International
Type / Application: Science
Operator: Interkosmos
Contractors: Yuzhnoye
Equipment:
Configuration: DS-U1
Propulsion:
Power: Batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 320 kg (#2); 340 kg (#8)
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Interkosmos 2 (DS-U1-IK #1) 1969-110A 25.12.1969 KY LC-86/4 Kosmos-2
Interkosmos 8 (DS-U1-IK #2) 1972-094A 30.11.1972 Pl LC-133/1 Kosmos-2