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Cosmos 2163

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 1991-071A

Description

Cosmos 2163 was the third of the sixth generation photo reconnaisance satellites launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome using the Soyuz-U2 launch vehicle, which had otherwise been restricted to supporting Soyuz-TM and Progress-M missions. The spacecraft was inserted into an orbital inclination of 64.8 degrees with mean operational altitudes normally between 240 and 260 km. The sixth generation spacecraft, believed to carry both film return capsules and digital transmission capabilities, have only flown six times; once each year during 1989-1993 and once in 1997.

Alternate Names

  • 21741
  • Cosmos2163
  • 1991-071A

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1991-10-09
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U2
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), U.S.S.R
Mass: 6500 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown U.S.S.R

Discipline

  • Surveillance and Other Military

Additional Information

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Personnel

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