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Kosmos 615

Kosmos 615
Mission type ABM radar target
COSPAR ID 1973-099A
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type DS-P1-I
Manufacturer Yuzhnoye
Launch mass 400 kilograms (880 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 13 December 1973, 11:10:03 (1973-12-13T11:10:03Z) 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 270 kilometres (170 mi)
Apogee 834 kilometres (518 mi)
Inclination 71 degrees
Period 95.7 minutes

Kosmos 615 (Russian: Космос 615 meaning Cosmos 615), also known as DS-P1-I No.13 was a satellite which was used as a radar target for anti-ballistic missile tests. It was launched by the Soviet Union in 1973 as part of the Dnepropetrovsk Sputnik programme.[1]


  • Launch 1
  • Orbit 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4


It was launched aboard a Kosmos-2I 63SM rocket,[2] from Site 133/1 at Plesetsk. The launch occurred at 11:10:03 UTC on 13 December 1973.[3]


Kosmos 615 was placed into a low Earth orbit with a perigee of 270 kilometres (170 mi), an apogee of 834 kilometres (518 mi), 71 degrees of inclination, and an orbital period of 95.7 minutes.[1] It decayed from orbit on 17 December 1975.[4]

Kosmos 615 was the thirteenth of nineteen DS-P1-I satellites to be launched.[1] Of these, all reached orbit successfully except the seventh.[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Wade, Mark. "DS-P1-I". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  2. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  3. ^ Wade, Mark. "Kosmos 2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  4. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  5. ^ Wade, Mark. "DS". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
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