DS-U2-MP (Kosmos 135) [Yuzhnoye]
The DS-U3-S satellites were Soviet scientific satellites launched as part of the Dnepropetrovsk Sputnik program. They investigated micrometeoroids and particles of dust in space.
Data gathered by these satellites did not confirm a dust belt around Earth and allowed determining the nature of trace elements in a majority of principal meteor showers. A nuclear explosion in China was recorded.
These satellites were all launched on Kosmos-2 boosters from Kapustin Yar.
Kosmos 135 was the first of these satellites to be launched on 12 December 1966. It was launched into an orbit with a perigee of 251 km, an apogee of 604 km, an inclination of 48.4°. On 12 April 1967 it decayed from orbit and reentered the atmosphere.
The second satellit was Kosmos 163, launched on 5 June 1967. It was operated in an orbit with a perigee of 251 km, an apogee of 549 km and an inclination of 48.4°. On 11 October 1967 it decayed from orbit and reentered the atmosphere.
|Type / Application:||Astronomy, Micrometeroids|
|Power:||Deployable fixed solar arrays, solar cells, batteries|
|Orbit:||251 km × 604 km, 48.4° (#1); 251 km × 549 km, 48.4° (#2)|
|Kosmos 135 (DS-U2-MP #1)||1966-112A||12.12.1966||KY LC-86/1||Kosmos-2|
|Kosmos 163 (DS-U2-MP #2)||1967-056A||05.06.1967||KY LC-86/1||Kosmos-2|