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Cosmos 1243



Cosmos 1243 was a Soviet ASAT interceptor launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome aboard a Tsyklon 2 rocket. It approached within 50 m of the target (Cosmos 1241), but an explosive charge did not go off as planned. It deorbited to destructive re-entry in the atmosphere.

Alternate Names

  • 12160
  • Cosmos1243

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1981-02-02
Launch Vehicle: Modified SS-9 (SCARP) or SS-13 (SCRAG) with Orbital and Maneuverable
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), U.S.S.R
Mass: 1400 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (U.S.S.R)


  • Surveillance and Other Military

Additional Information

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