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DS-MG (Kosmos 26) [Yuzhnoye]

The DS-MG satellites were a series of Soviet technology demonstration satellites launched as part of the Dnepropetrovsk Sputnik program.

These battery powered satellites were to demonstrate an electric gyrodyne orientation system. It also carried a scientific package for research on the Earth's magnetosphere, infrared flux and ultraviolet flux.

The first satellite, Kosmos 26 was launched on 18 March 1964 on a Kosmos booster from Kapustin Yar. It remained in orbit until reentry on 28 September 1964.

A second satellite, Kosmos 49 was launched on 24 October 1964 also on the same launch vehicle type. It decayed from orbit on 21 August 1965.

Nation: USSR
Type / Application: Science, magnetosphere
Contractors: Yuzhnoye
Configuration: DS Bus
Power: Batteries
Mass: 365 kg (#1); 355 kg (#2)
Orbit: 268 km × 376 km, 48.9 (#1); 260 km × 472 km, 48.9 (#2)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Kosmos 26 (DS-MG #1) 1964-013A 18.03.1964 KY Mayak-2 Kosmos
Kosmos 49 (DS-MG #2) 1964-069A 24.10.1964 KY Mayak-2 Kosmos


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

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