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Cosmos 2053



Cosmos 2053 was a Soviet military calibration mission launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome aboard a Tsyklon 3 rocket. It was believed to be a modernised version of the Taifun-1 satellite, built by NPO Yuzhnoe. The satellite carried 36 small Calibration Spherical Object subsatellites to test Russian radars. These were released between December 27, 1989 and November 1, 1991.

Alternate Names

  • 20389
  • Cosmos2053

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1989-12-27
Launch Vehicle: Tsiklon
Launch Site: Plesetsk, U.S.S.R
Mass: 3000 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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