Mission Type: Orbiter
Launch Vehicle: 8K78M (no. Ya716-57)
Launch Site: NIIP-5 / launch site 1
Deep Space Chronicle: A Chronology of Deep Space and Planetary Probes 1958-2000, Monographs in Aerospace History No. 24, by Asif A. Siddiqi
During launch to Earth orbit, the third-stage engine cut off prematurely because of an excessive propellant consumption rate via the gas generator. The spacecraft never reached Earth orbit.
The goal of the mission was evidently to test communications systems in support of the N1-L3 human lunar landing program.