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Cosmos 1871



Cosmos 1871 was considered by some observors as a possible spite test of Uragan space interceptor boilerplate mass model, just prior to project cancellation. In order to counter US space shuttle flights made in polar orbits from Vandenberg, the deep black Uragan project was begun. It was a scaled-up Spiral launched by new Zenit launch vehicle, carrying Nudelmann recoilless gun (same as developed for TKS) for the destruction of the shuttle after interception and inspection.

Alternate Names

  • 18259
  • Cosmos1871

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1987-08-01
Launch Vehicle: Zenit
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), U.S.S.R
Mass: 15000 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (U.S.S.R)


  • Surveillance and Other Military

Additional Information

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