|Launch Date||Feb. 7, 1968|
|Launch Site||Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Russia |
Launch Site 1
This mission was presumed to be a test of a communications system in support of the Soviet program to send cosmonauts to the Moon.
None. The spacecraft failed to reach Earth orbit due to premature cutoff of the third-stage engine.
Feb. 7, 1968: Launch
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.
Launch Vehicle: 8K78M (no. Ya716-57)
Spacecraft Mass: Unknown
Spacecraft Instruments: Unknown
Siddiqi, Asif A. Deep Space Chronicle: A Chronology of Deep Space and Planetary Probes 1958-2000, NASA, 2002.