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Cosmos 1179



In 1969 KB Yuzhnoye introduced targets for exercise and test of PVO air defence and space tracking systems. The second generation consisted of Taifun-1 and Taifun-2 satellites, which differed in the type of equipment installed. In 1972 KB-3 under B E Khimrov, with the co-operation of assisting organisations and the Ministry of Defence, completed the draft project. The first Taifun-2 was completed in 1976. Flight trials were conducted in the second half of the 1970's using Kosmos-3M launch vehicles from Plesetsk and Kapustin Yar. The heads of the State Trials Commission were B N Karpov, N N Zhukov, and B G Zudin. Taifun-2 satellites were spherical in shape, 2 m in diameter, with no external solar cells or antennae.

Alternate Names

  • 11796

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1980-05-14
Launch Vehicle: Modified SS-5 (SKean IRBM) plus Upper Stage
Launch Site: Plesetsk, U.S.S.R
Mass: 650.0 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (U.S.S.R)


  • Navigation/Global Positioning

Additional Information

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