DS-U2-MT (Kosmos 461) [Yuzhnoye]
The DS-U2-MT satellite was a Soviet scientific satellite launched as part of the Dnepropetrovsk Sputnik program. It investigated micrometeoroids and conducted gamma ray astronomy.
This satellite measured low-energy and high-energy component intensity variations of charged-particle flows, studied radiation intensity and spectral composition over a wide range, from X-ray to hard gamma radiation, and studied radiation variations and a correlation with the activity of principal meteor showers.
The satellite was launched on a Kosmos-3M from the Plesetsk cosmodrome.
Kosmos 461 reached an orbit with a perigee of 486 km, an apogee of 508 km and an inclination of 69.2°. It completed operations on 14 December 1972, and decayed from orbit and reentered the atmosphere on 21 February 1979.
|Type / Application:||Astronomy, X-ray, Gamma|
|Power:||4 deployable fixed solar arrays, solar cells, batteries|
|Orbit:||486 km × 508 km, 69.24°|
|Kosmos 461 (DS-U2-MT #1)||1971-105A||02.12.1971||Pl LC-132/1||Kosmos-3M|