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Cosmos 2370



Cosmos 2370 was a Russian military reconnaissance spacecraft that was launched by a Soyuz-U rocket from Baikonur at 13:25 UT. It was the 22nd member of the Neman fleet of spy satellites. It was a follow-up to the Tselina 2 (Cosmos 2369) spacecraft which merely intercepted radio transmissions, especially over Chechnya; Cosmos 2370 had photo-reconnaissance resources also, with data arriving in digital form. According to Moscow's Kommersant newspaper, until this launch, Russia had remained without photo-reconnaissance resources for five months, after the failure of the Kobalt (Cosmos 2365) spacecraft in December 1999. The imaging will be done mainly over Chechnya, since there is no functional relaying resource in geosynchronous orbit (via the now dysfunctional Geyzer spacecraft) for images from elsewhere on the globe.

Alternate Names

  • 26354
  • Cosmos2370

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2000-05-03
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Russia)


  • Surveillance and Other Military

Additional Information

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