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DS-P1 [Yuzhnoye]

The DS-P1 series of satellites was used to calibrate space surveillance and early warning radars.

These satellites were used to calibrate the Dnestr (NATO-codename: 'Hen House') space surveillance and early warning radars. These satellites were built on a dodecahedral structure, which carried solar cells. The satelite was covered by a spherical mesh reflector transparent for light-region waves and non-transparent for decimetric and metric radio waves.

4 of these satellites were launched between 1962 and 1964 on Kosmos boosters. One failed to reach orbit.

They were replaced by the similar operational DS-P1-Yu series.

Nation: USSR
Type / Application: Radar calibration
Contractors: Yuzhnoye
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 60 days
Mass: 240 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Kosmos 6 (Sputnik 16) (DS-P1 #1) 1962 αδ 1 30.06.1962 KY Mayak-2 Kosmos
Kosmos (14) (DS-P1 #2) 1963-F05 06.04.1963 KY Mayak-2 F Kosmos
Kosmos 19 (DS-P1 #3) 1963-033A 06.08.1963 KY Mayak-2 Kosmos
Kosmos 25 (DS-P1 #4) 1964-010A 27.02.1964 KY Mayak-2 Kosmos


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