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Kosmos 356

Kosmos 356
Mission type Magnetospheric
COSPAR ID 1970-059A
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type DS-U2-MG
Manufacturer Yuzhnoye
Launch mass 357 kilograms (787 lb)[1]
Start of mission
Launch date 10 August 1970, 19:59:55 (1970-08-10T19:59:55Z) UTC
Rocket Kosmos-2I 63SM
Launch site Plesetsk 133/1
End of mission
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Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 226 kilometres (140 mi)
Apogee 548 kilometres (341 mi)
Inclination 81.9 degrees
Period 92.3 minutes

Kosmos 356 (Russian: Космос 356 meaning Cosmos 356), also known as DS-U2-MG No.2, was a Soviet satellite which was launched in 1970 as part of the Dnepropetrovsk Sputnik programme. It was a 357-kilogram (787 lb) spacecraft,[1] which was built by the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau, and was used to investigate the magnetic poles of the Earth.[1]


A Kosmos-2I 63SM carrier rocket was used to launch Kosmos 356 into low Earth orbit. The launch took place from Site 133/1 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.[2] The launch occurred at 19:59:55 UTC on 10 August 1970, 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 1970-059A.[4] The North American Aerospace Defense Command assigned it the catalogue number 04487.


Kosmos 356 was the second of two DS-U2-MG satellites to be launched, after Kosmos 321.[1][5] It was operated in an orbit with a perigee of 226 kilometres (140 mi), an apogee of 548 kilometres (341 mi), 81.9 degrees of inclination, and an orbital period of 92.3 minutes,[6] before decaying from orbit and reentering the atmosphere on 2 October 1970.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Wade, Mark. "DS-U2-MG". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  2. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Wade, Mark. "Kosmos 2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Cosmos 356". NSSDC Master Catalog. US National Space Science Data Center. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  5. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "DS-U2-MG". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  6. ^ a b McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
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