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Detailed information about COSMOS 1908 satellite

Designator id: 1988-001A

Description of COSMOS 1908 Satellite:

Cosmos 1908 was a Soviet ELINT (Electronic and Signals Intelligence) satellite launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome.

From 1965 to 1967 two dedicated ELINT systems were tested: the Tselina and the Navy's US. Both reached service, since the Ministry of Defence could not force a single system on the military services.

Tselina was developed by Yuzhnoye and consisted of two satellites: Tselina-O for general observations and Tselina-D for detailed observations. ELINT systems for Tselina were first tested under the Cosmos designation in 1962 to 1965. The first Tselina-O was launched in 1970. The Tselina-D took a long time to enter service due to delays in payload development and weight growth. The whole Tselina system was not operational until 1976. Constant improvement resulted in Tselina-O being abandoned in 1984 and all systems being put on Tselina-D.


Technical data:

Launch Date: 1988-01-06
Launch Vehicle: Tsiklon-3
Launch Site: Plesetsk, U.S.S.R
Mass: 1600.0 kg

Funding Agencies:

Unknown (U.S.S.R)

Disciplines:

Surveillance and Other Military

Source: Nasa

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 18748U 88001A   12339.19835961  .00001050  00000-0  71473-4 0  8165
2 18748 082.5060 247.4519 0013262 156.0121 204.1719 15.05209075355846

Last TLE update on :2012-12-04

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