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Resurs-F2 Missions

Resurs-F2 carried a more wide ranging set of cameras than the F1 version and was fitted with solar panels attached to its orbit adjustment engine module. They allowed a 30-day orbital lifetime compared with Resurs-F1's fourteen days.

Like Resurs-F1, it started life covered by the 'Cosmos' designation but with Glasnost, the more descriptive name emerged.


Cosmos 1906(Resurs-F2 17Ф42 №1)       1987-108A       18713
1987 Dec 26, 11:30 UTC
Plesetsk Cosmodrome
Soyuz-U
Imaging satellite equipped with multispectral and spectrozonal film cameras for studying the Earth in visible light and near-infrared and solar panels to allow an operational life of 30 days. The launch announcement mentioned "...continuing research into the Earth's natural resources..." and that incoming information was being passed to the 'Priroda' state scientific research centre. Disintegrated 1988 Jan 31 at approx 11:00 UTC, possibly following failed recovery attempt(s) and triggering of the self-destruct system. Recovery was expected 1988 Jan 25 after 30 days in orbit.
Re-entry Unsuccesful

Cosmos 1965(Resurs-F2 17Ф42 №2)       1988-073A       19414
1988 Aug 23, 11:15 UTC
Plesetsk Cosmodrome
Soyuz-U
1988 Aug 23, 16:59:  182 x 238 km,  82.32 deg,  88.7 min
1988 Aug 25, 07:26:  180 x 233 km,  82.32 deg,  88.6 min
1988 Aug 26, 01:20:  257 x 277 km,  82.32 deg,  89.8 min
Imaging satellite equipped with multispectral and spectrozonal film cameras for studying the Earth in visible light and near-infrared and solar panels to allow an operational life of 30 days. The launch announcement mentioned "...investigation of natural resources .... in the interests of the economy and international cooperation".
Landed:
1988 Sep 22, 05:24

Cosmos 1990(Resurs-F2 17Ф42 №3)       1989-002A       19756
1989 Jan 12, 11:29 UTC
Plesetsk Cosmodrome
Soyuz-U
1989 Jan 14, 18:21:  256 x 269 km,  82.57 deg,  89.8 min
1989 Jan 16, 19:44:  254 x 266 km,  82.57 deg,  89.7 min
1989 Jan 18, 19:38:  262 x 271 km,  82.57 deg,  89.8 min
Imaging satellite equipped with multispectral and spectrozonal film cameras for studying the Earth in visible light and near-infrared and solar panels to allow an operational life of 30 days. The launch announcement mentioned "...continuation of studies of the Earth's natural resources..." . Specific aims mentioned were photography of seismically active regions of the country including the territory of Armena.
Landed:
1989 Feb 11, 06:04
HF Transmit:
19.990 MHz, FSK
VHF Transmit:
231.500 MHz, FM

Resurs-F(Resurs-F2 17Ф42 №4)       1989-063A       20175
1989 Aug 15, 10:29 UTC
Plesetsk Cosmodrome
Soyuz-U
1989 Aug 15, 22:08:  181 x 228 km,  82.31 deg,  88.6 min
1989 Aug 16, 18:56:  259 x 268 km,  82.31 deg,  89.8 min
Imaging satellite equipped with multispectral and spectrozonal film cameras for studying the Earth in visible light and near-infrared and solar panels to allow an operational life of 30 days. The launch announcement mentioned "...investigation of natural resources .... in the interests of the economy and international cooperation".
Landed:
1989 Sep 14, 04:43

Resurs-F(Resurs-F2 17Ф42 №5)       1990-060A       20687
1990 Jul 17, 09:29 UTC
Plesetsk Cosmodrome
Soyuz-U
1990 Jul 17, 18:12:  181 x 249 km,  82.32 deg,  88.8 min
1990 Jul 18, 14:56:  261 x 268 km,  82.32 deg,  89.8 min
1990 Jul 25, 10:11:  258 x 265 km,  82.32 deg,  89.7 min
Imaging satellite equipped with multispectral and spectrozonal film cameras for studying the Earth in visible light and near-infrared and solar panels to allow an operational life of 30 days. The launch announcement mentioned "...study of the Earth's natural resources .... in the interests of .... the national economy .... and international cooperation". At the end of the flight, exposed film was to be handed over to the 'Priroda' stae scientific research centre.
Landed:
1990 Aug 16, 03:44

Resurs-F(Resurs-F2 17Ф42 №6)       1991-035A       21313
1991 May 21, 09:00 UTC
Plesetsk Cosmodrome
Soyuz-U
1991 May 21, 16:13:  182 x 245 km,  82.31 deg,  88.8 min
1991 May 23, 11:16:  230 x 233 km,  82.31 deg,  89.1 min
1991 May 26, 20:59:  224 x 229 km,  82.31 deg,  89.0 min
Imaging satellite equipped with multispectral and spectrozonal film cameras for studying the Earth in visible light and near-infrared and solar panels to allow an operational life of 30 days. The launch announcement mentioned "...study of the Earth's natural resources .... in the interests of .... the national economy .... and international cooperation".
Landed:
1991 Jun 20, 02:24

Resurs-F(Resurs-F2 17Ф42 №7)       1991-058A       21664
1991 Aug 21, 10:50 UTC
Plesetsk Cosmodrome
Soyuz-U
1991 Aug 21, 16:34:  182 x 243 km,  82.31 deg,  88.7 min
1991 Aug 22, 17:49:  230 x 234 km,  82.31 deg,  89.1 min
1991 Aug 25, 17:08:  225 x 229 km,  82.31 deg,  89.0 min
Imaging satellite equipped with multispectral and spectrozonal film cameras for studying the Earth in visible light and near-infrared and solar panels to allow an operational life of 30 days. The launch announcement mentioned "...study of the Earth's natural resources .... in the interests of .... the national economy .... and international cooperation". At the end of the flight, exposed film was to be brought to the 'Priroda' stae scientific research centre.
Landed:
1991 Sep 20, 04:19

Resurs-F(Resurs-F2 17Ф42 №8)       1992-024A       21951
1992 Apr 29, 09:00 UTC
Plesetsk Cosmodrome
Soyuz-U
1992 Apr 29, 14:44:  183 x 240 km,  82.08 deg,  88.7 min
1992 Apr 30, 20:26:  230 x 234 km,  82.08 deg,  89.1 min
1992 May 04, 03:12:  226 x 230 km,  82.08 deg,  89.1 min
Imaging satellite equipped with multispectral and spectrozonal film cameras for studying the Earth in visible light and near-infrared and solar panels to allow an operational life of 30 days. The launch announcement mentioned "...study of the Earth's natural resources .... in the interests of .... the national economy .... and international cooperation". At the end of the flight, exposed film was to be handed over to the 'Priroda' state scientific research centre. The launch was viewed by Russian President Boris Yeltsin.
Landed:
1992 May 29, 02:30

Resurs-F(Resurs-F2 17Ф42 №9)       1993-033A       22663
1993 May 21, 09:15 UTC
Plesetsk Cosmodrome
Soyuz-U
1993 May 21, 17:57:  180 x 257 km,  82.56 deg,  88.9 min
1993 May 22, 04:22:  230 x 237 km,  82.57 deg,  89.2 min
1993 May 31, 17:13:  222 x 230 km,  82.57 deg,  89.0 min
Imaging satellite equipped with multispectral and spectrozonal film cameras for studying the Earth in visible light and near-infrared and solar panels to allow an operational life of 30 days. The launch announcement mentioned "...study of the Earth's natural resources .... in the interests of .... the national economy .... and international cooperation".
Landed:
1993 Jun 20, 02:47

Resurs-F2(Resurs-F2 17Ф42 №10)       1995-050A       23672
1995 Sep 26, 11:20 UTC
Plesetsk Cosmodrome
Soyuz-U
1995 Sep 26, 21:31:  181 x 248 km,  82.32 deg,  88.8 min
1995 Sep 27, 21:18:  231 x 234 km,  82.32 deg,  89.1 min
Imaging satellite equipped with multispectral and spectrozonal film cameras for studying the Earth in visible light and near-infrared and solar panels to allow an operational life of 30 days. The launch announcement mentioned that it is the last in a series that began 1979 September and that it would be succeeded by the 'Nika' design when funding became available..
Landed:
1995 Oct 26, 05:37


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