Kosmos 95

Kosmos 95 (Russian: Космос 95 meaning Cosmos 95), also known as DS-U2-V No.2, was a Soviet satellite which was launched in 1965 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-2M 63S1M[2] carrier rocket was used to launch Kosmos 95 into low Earth orbit. The launch took place from Site 86/1 at Kapustin Yar.[3] The launch occurred at 05:31 GMT on 4 November 1965, and resulted in the successful insertion of the satellite into orbit.[4] Upon reaching orbit, the satellite was assigned its Kosmos designation, and received the International Designator 1965-088A.[5] The North American Aerospace Defense Command assigned it the catalogue number 01706.

Kosmos 95 was the second of four DS-U2-V satellites to be launched.[1][6] It was operated in an orbit with a perigee of 147 kilometres (91 mi), an apogee of 205 kilometres (127 mi), 48.4 degrees of inclination, and an orbital period of 88 minutes.[7] On 18 January 1966, it decayed from orbit and reentered the atmosphere.[7]

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