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Kosmos 26

Kosmos 26 (Russian: Космос 26 meaning Cosmos 26), also known as DS-MG No.1 was a technology demonstration satellite which was launched by the Soviet Union in 1964 as part of the Dnepropetrovsk Sputnik programme. Its primary mission was to demonstrate an electric gyrodyne orientation system.[1] It also carried a magnetospheric research package as a secondary payload.[1]

It was launched aboard a Kosmos-2I 63S1 rocket[2] from pad 2 of the Mayak Launch Complex at Kapustin Yar. The launch occurred at 15:07 UTC on 18 March 1964.[3]

Kosmos 26 was placed into a low Earth orbit with a perigee of 268 kilometres (167 mi), an apogee of 376 kilometres (234 mi), 48.9 degrees of inclination, and an orbital period of 91 minutes.[1] It decayed from orbit on 28 September 1964.[4] Kosmos 26 was the first of two DS-MG satellites to be launched, the other being Kosmos 49.[1][5]

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