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Cosmos 1045



Cosmos 1045 was a Soviet weather spacecraft launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome aboard a Tsyklon rocket along with Radio 1 and 2 Sputnik communications satellites. It was part of the Meteor 2 series of satellites which were launched into 81.2 degree orbits, at 850 km altitude, allowing a revisit of every location at 6 and 12 hour intervals by a constellation of three satellites at 90 to 180 degree intervals. Each satellite could observe 30,000 sq. km at a time. Data were processed at hydro-meteorological offices at Moscow, Novsibirsk, and Khaborovsk.

The Meteor series served the Ministry of Defence by providing operational meteorological data for reconnaissance satellite scheduling, operational weather data for use by the Armed Forces in local and global operations, and monitoring of radiation in near-earth space.

Alternate Names

  • 11084
  • Cosmos1045

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1978-10-26
Launch Vehicle: Tsiklon-3
Launch Site: Plesetsk, U.S.S.R
Mass: 2670 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (U.S.S.R)


  • Earth Science

Additional Information

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

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