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Molniya-Yu


Russian tracking network technology satellite. Study 1969. This was a modification of the Molniya-1 satellite to test deep space radio-based tracking methods for the Soviet Lunar program.

The Soviet manned lunar programs needed to test new tracking methods - how to translate doppler and location readings into orbital parameters quickly in order to make maneuvers in lunar and translunar orbit. To investigate this Ryazanskiy modified a Molniya-1 spacecraft with measuring systems in place of the retransmitter. This Molniya-Yu was used to confirm new methods of orbital measurement.

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  • Reshetnev Russian manufacturer of rockets and spacecraft. Reshetnev Design Bureau, Krasnoyarsk-26/Zhelenogorsk, Russia. More...

Bibliography
  • Melnik, T G, Voenno-Kosmicheskiy Siliy, Nauka, Moscow, 1997..

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