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Cosmos 2331


Designation 23818 / 96016A
Launch date 14 Mar 1996 at 17:45 UT
Country of origin CIS
Mission Military: reconnaissance (Yantar')
Perigee/Apogee 164/355 km
Inclination 67.1°
Launch vehicle Soyuz
Launch site Plesetsk

This Russian Defense Ministry payload carries a US DoD secondary experiment launched as part of the Space Test Program (STP), the BINRAD package which will attempt to detect the presence of beryllium at orbital altitudes. BINRAD was flown twice before on Russian civilian Resurs F remote sensing missions.

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