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Kosmos 580

Kosmos 580
Mission type ABM radar target
COSPAR ID 1973-057A
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type DS-P1-Yu
Manufacturer Yuzhnoye
Launch mass 400 kilograms (880 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 22 August 1973, 11:24:55 (1973-08-22T11:24:55Z) 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 268 kilometres (167 mi)
Apogee 472 kilometres (293 mi)
Inclination 71 degrees
Period 91.9 minutes

Kosmos 580 (Russian: Космос 580 meaning Cosmos 580), known before launch as DS-P1-Yu No.59, was a Soviet satellite which was launched in 1973 as part of the Dnepropetrovsk Sputnik programme. It was a 400-kilogram (880 lb) spacecraft, which was built by the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau, and was used as a radar calibration target for anti-ballistic missile tests.[1]


Kosmos 580 was successfully launched into low Earth orbit at 11:24:55 UTC on 22 August 1973.[2] The launch took place from Site 133/1 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome,[3] and used a Kosmos-2I 63SM carrier rocket.


Upon reaching orbit, the satellite was assigned its Kosmos designation, and received the International Designator 1973-057A.[4] The North American Aerospace Defense Command assigned it the catalogue number 06793.

Kosmos 580 was the sixty-fourth of seventy nine DS-P1-Yu satellites to be launched,[1] and the fifty-eighth of seventy two to successfully reach orbit.[5] It was operated in an orbit with a perigee of 268 kilometres (167 mi), an apogee of 472 kilometres (293 mi), 71 degrees of inclination, and an orbital period of 91.9 minutes.[6] It remained in orbit until it decayed and reentered the atmosphere on 1 April 1974.[6]

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