Kosmos 202

Kosmos 202 (Russian: Космос 202 meaning Cosmos 202), also known as DS-U2-V No.4, was a Soviet satellite which was launched in 1968 as part of the Dnepropetrovsk Sputnik programme. It was a 325-kilogram (717 lb) spacecraft,[1] which was built by the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau, and was used to conduct classified technology development experiments for the Soviet armed forces.[1]

A Kosmos-2I 63SM carrier rocket was used to launch Kosmos 202 into low Earth orbit. The launch took place from Site 86/4 at Kapustin Yar.[2] The launch occurred at 10:03:11 UTC on 20 February 1968, and resulted in the successful insertion of the satellite into orbit.[3] Upon reaching orbit, the satellite was assigned its Kosmos designation, and received the International Designator 1968-010A.[4] The North American Aerospace Defense Command assigned it the catalogue number 03128.

Kosmos 202 was the last of four DS-U2-V satellites to be launched.[1][5] It was operated in an orbit with a perigee of 211 kilometres (131 mi), an apogee of 446 kilometres (277 mi), 48.4 degrees of inclination, and an orbital period of 91.1 minutes.[6] On 24 March 1968, it decayed from orbit and reentered the atmosphere.[6]

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