Kosmos 327

Kosmos 327 (Russian: Космос 327 meaning Cosmos 327), also known as DS-P1-I No.8 was a satellite which was used as a radar target for anti-ballistic missile tests. It was launched by the Soviet Union in 1970 as part of the Dnepropetrovsk Sputnik programme.[1]

Kosmos 327
Mission typeABM radar target
COSPAR ID1970-020A
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Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeDS-P1-I
ManufacturerYuzhnoye
Launch mass300 kilograms (660 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date18 March 1970, 14:39:56 (1970-03-18UTC14:39:56Z) UTC
RocketKosmos-2I 63SM
Launch sitePlesetsk 133/1
End of mission
Decay date19 January 1971 (1971-01-20)
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude280 kilometres (170 mi)
Apogee altitude819 kilometres (509 mi)
Inclination71 degrees
Period95.7 minutes
 

LaunchEdit

It was launched aboard a Kosmos-2I 63SM rocket,[2] from Site 133/1 at Plesetsk. The launch occurred at 14:39:56 UTC on 18 March 1970.[3]

OrbitEdit

Kosmos 327 was placed into a low Earth orbit with a perigee of 280 kilometres (170 mi), an apogee of 819 kilometres (509 mi), 71 degrees of inclination, and an orbital period of 95.7 minutes.[1] It decayed from orbit on 19 January 1971.[4]

Kosmos 327 was the eighth of nineteen DS-P1-I satellites to be launched.[1] Of these, all reached orbit successfully except the seventh.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Wade, Mark. "DS-P1-I". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 30 November 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2009.
  2. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 28 May 2009.
  3. ^ Wade, Mark. "Kosmos 2". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2009.
  4. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 28 May 2009.
  5. ^ Wade, Mark. "DS". Encyclopedia Astronautica. Archived from the original on 31 March 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2009.