Communications Satellite

Strela 3 (Cosmos 2386) was the second generation of a satellite that was designed for strategic military communications. During the development of 1973, this generation was created to replace the first generation satellites Strela-1M and Strela-2M.

Name of SatelliteStrela 3 (Cosmos 2386)
ContractorNPO/PM – Scientific Research Institute for Precision Instruments (NII-TP)
Country of ContractorRussia
Launch Mass (kg.)225
Class of OrbitLEO
Perigee (km)1 415
Expected Lifetime (yrs.)3
Date of Launch27.12.2001
Launch SitePlesetsk Cosmodrome
Launch VehicleTsyklon 3
COSPAR Number2001-058C
NORAD Number27057

Strela-3 was heavier than its smaller sibling, which is Strela-1M. On Cyclone-3 launch vehicles, it was launched in six sets.


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