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Kosmos 2459

Kosmos 2459
Mission type Navigation
Operator Russian Space Forces
COSPAR ID 2010-007A[1]
SATCAT № 36400[1]
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft GC 731
Spacecraft type Uragan-M
Manufacturer Reshetnev ISS [2]
Launch mass 1,415 kilograms (3,120 lb) [2]
Dimensions 1.3 metres (4 ft 3 in) diameter [2]
Power 1,540 watts[2]
Start of mission
Launch date March 1, 2010, 21:19 (2010-03-01T21:19Z) UTC
Rocket Proton-M/DM-2[2]
Launch site Baikonur 81/24
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Medium Earth orbit[3]
Semi-major axis 25,505 kilometres (15,848 mi)[1]
Eccentricity 0.0002[1]
Perigee 19,123 kilometres (11,882 mi)[1]
Apogee 19,132 kilometres (11,888 mi)[1]
Inclination 64.77 degrees[1]
Period 675.63 minutes[1]

Kosmos 2459 (Russian: Космос 2459 meaning Cosmos 2459) is one of a set of three Russian military satellites launched in 2010 as part of the GLONASS satellite navigation system. It was launched with Kosmos 2460 and Kosmos 2461.

This satellite is a GLONASS-M satellite, also known as Uragan-M, and is numbered Uragan-M No. 731.[1][4]

Kosmos 2459/60/61 were launched from Site 81/24 at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. A Proton-M carrier rocket with a Blok DM upper stage was used to perform the launch which took place at 21:19 UTC on 1 March 2010. The launch successfully placed the satellites into Medium Earth orbit. It subsequently received its Kosmos designation, and the international designator 2010-007A. The United States Space Command assigned it the Satellite Catalog Number 36400.[1][4]

It is in the third orbital plane of the GLONASS constellation, in orbital slot 22. It started operations on 28 March 2010.[5][6]

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References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "2010-007". Zarya. n.d. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Glonass-M spacecrafts launch (Kosmos-2464, -2465, -2466)". TsENKI. n.d. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  3. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  4. ^ a b McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Glonass". Russian Forces. 2013-05-01. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  6. ^ "GLONASS constellation status, 03.05.2013". Information-analytical centre, Korolyov, Russia. 2013-05-03. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
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