Satellite Gonets D1-2 of Gonets Satcom

Name of Satellite, Alternate Names Gonets D1-2
Country of Operator/Owner Russia
Operator/Owner Gonets Satcom
Users Commercial/Government
Purpose Communications
Class of Orbit LEO
Type of Orbit Intermediate
Longitude of GEO (degrees) 0
Perigee (km) 1405
Apogee (km) 1415
Eccentricity 0.0006426735218509
Inclination (degrees) 82.6
Period (minutes) 114
Launch Mass (kg.) 240
Dry Mass (kg.)
Power (watts) 120
Date of Launch 18-02-1996
Expected Lifetime
Contractor NPO PM
Country of Contractor Russia
Launch Site Plesetsk Cosmodrome
Launch Vehicle Tsyklon 3
COSPAR Number 1996-009B
NORAD Number 23788
Comments Commercial version of Strela (GRU) military system; store and forward communications satellites; will operate until 2004 or 2005; not a successful commercial venture.


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