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DS-K-8 (Kosmos 8) [Yuzhnoye]

The DS-K-8 satellites were developed by Yuzhnoye to test the techniques and equipment for an ELINT sytem for the determination of characteristics of the military radar installations from space.

A single satellite, known as Kosmos 8, was successfully orbited by a Kosmos rocket from Kapustin Yar.

It decayed on 17 August 1963, one day short of a year after its launch

Further tests for the development of a spacebased ELINT capability were conducted with the DS-K-40 satellites.

Nation: USSR
Type / Application: Technology, experimental ELINT
Contractors: Yuzhnoye
Configuration: DS Bus
Power: Batteries
Mass: 337 kg
Orbit: 259 km × 569 km, 48.97
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Kosmos 8 (Sputnik 18) (DS-K-8 #1) 1962 αξ 1 18.08.1962 KY Mayak-2 Kosmos


  • Yuzhnoye: Exploratory development spacecraft
  • КБ "Южное": Название: Ракеты и космические аппараты Конструкторского бюро "Южное"