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Cosmos 487



Cosmos 487 was a military weather satellite launched as part of the Cosmos space research program. Its actual mission was to determine cloudcover conditions over selected areas. Cosmos 487 was one of a long series of spin-stabilized spacecraft that was believed to have originated concurrently with the Soviets first tests, in 1962, of recoverable reconnaissance satellites. To achieve greater spatial resolution, these Cosmos military weather satellites were launched into relatively low orbits. Consequently, the spacecraft had a fairly short lifetime (generally five to six months) and had to be continually replaced. It appears that launches of this type were made most frequently in spring and summer, and taper off in the winter months. Other than this, little is know about the Cosmos military satellite.

Alternate Names

  • 06006
  • Cosmos487

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1972-04-21
Launch Vehicle: Kosmos-2I
Launch Site: Plesetsk, U.S.S.R
Mass: 325 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (U.S.S.R)


  • Surveillance and Other Military

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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