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Cosmos 209



Cosmos 209 was a Soviet nuclear powered Radar Ocean Reconnaissance Satellite (RORSAT) launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome aboard a Tsyklon 2 rocket. The RORSATs searched the oceans for US Navy task forces and other shipping. Cosmos 209, a maneuverable satellite, orbited the earth on a low orbit. The nuclear power source was boosted to a higher orbit (apogee 944, perigee 891) by a small solid rocket when the satellites mission was over.

Alternate Names

  • 03158
  • Cosmos209

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1968-03-22
Launch Vehicle: Tsiklon-2
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), U.S.S.R
Mass: 4540 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (U.S.S.R)


  • Surveillance and Other Military

Additional Information

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