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Cosmos 2343


Designation 24805 / 97024A
Launch date 15 May 1997
Country of origin CIS
Mission Military: reconnaissance (Kuban?; 7th generation)
Perigee/Apogee 216/338 km
Inclination 64.9°
Period 90 min
Launch vehicle Soyuz

It was 1495th success space launch of a launcher based on the R-7 ICBM, 666th launch of Soyuz-U in total score, 250th launch of Soyuz-U from Baykonur and 350th launch in total score (including space launchers and ICBMs) from LC31 of Baykonur.

The satellite caused a great deal of controversy when in burned into the atmosphere on 23 Sep 1997 from the Western Isles to the north of England (UK).

End of life

Out of service 18 Sep 1997
Cause deorbited and destroyed intentionally (explosive charge)
Decay 23 Sep 1997

Technical data


Prime contractor  
Mass at launch approx 6000 kg
Mass in orbit  
Dimension 2.4 m diameter x 7 m length
Solar array  
Stabilization 3-axis
DC power  
Design lifetime  

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