US-AO 3

Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Government/Top Secret

Low Earth Orbit 90/19 Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

US-A (Upravlenniye Sputnik Aktivny) were active radar satellites for ocean surveillance. The high power consumtion of the active radar required a nuclear reactor as power source. The satellites were known as RORSAT in the west. The US-AO series consisted of satellites, which tested all the system components but the nuclear reactor. They were battery powered.

Tsiklon-2A

Family: Tsiklon
Configuration: 2A

The Tsyklon was a Soviet-designed expendable launch system, primarily used to put Cosmos satellites into low Earth orbit. It is based on the R-36 intercontinental ballistic missile designed by Mikhail Yangel and made eight launches, with seven successes and one failure. All of its launches were conducted from LC-90 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. It is sometimes designated Tsyklon-2A, not to be confused with the later Tsyklon-2 rocket. It was introduced in 1967 and was derived from the R-36 ICBM (NATO designation SS-9 Scarp). It was retired in 1969.

Specifications
  • Stages
    2
  • Length
    39.7 m
  • Diameter
    3.0 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    3.0 m
  • Launch Mass
    182 T
  • Thrust
    2366 kN
Family
  • Name
    Tsiklon-2A
  • Family
    Tsiklon
  • Variant
    2A
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Tsiklon-2A
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
    3000 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Yuzhnoye Design Bureau

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Director: Alexander Degtyarev Founded: 1951 Successes: 275 Failures: 19 Pending: 0

Agency Type: Commercial

Yuzhnoye Design Office, located in Dnipro, Ukraine, is a designer of satellites and rockets, and formerly of Soviet intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) established by Mikhail Yangel in 1951. The Zenit launch vehicle currently launches from Baikonur Cosmodrome but also used to launch from an ocean platform, Odyssey.

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Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

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