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Astrofizika (11F653)

Interkosmos 22 (Astrofizika probably similar)

The Astrofizika (11F653) was a Soviet research satellite launched under the designation Kosmos 1066.

The exact nature of the satellites mission has not yet been established. The Astrofizika name suggested a possible astrophysics payload but no science results had been published.

It was based on the VNIIEM built Meteor-1 bus and is known, that it used two SPT-50 plasma thrusters for orbital maneuvers.

Recent report suggest, that it carried special optical instruments for the observation of artificially created "light sources" on Earth. It has been speculated, that the mission of the satellite was military, perhaps in connection with Laser tests.

The satellite was launched in December 1978 on a Vostok-2M booster. Ita apparently operated for about 2 years.

Nation: International
Type / Application: Technology
Contractors: VNIIEM
Configuration: Meteor Bus
Propulsion: 2 × SPT-50 plasma thruster
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 2 years ?
Mass: 2750 kg
Orbit: 821 km × 895 km, 81.24
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Kosmos 1066 (Astrofizika) 1978-121A 23.12.1978 Pl LC-43/3 Vostok-2M


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