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DS-K-8

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.

This satellite tested the Kust-8 SIGINT equipment in orbit.

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
Operator:
Contractors: Yuzhnoye (satellite); TsNIIIRTI (payload)
Equipment:
Configuration: DS Bus
Propulsion:
Power: Batteries
Lifetime:
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

References:

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