Kosmos 2379
Mission typeEarly warning
COSPAR ID2001-037A
SATCAT no.26892
Mission duration5–7 years (estimate)
8 years (actual)
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeUS-KMO (71Kh6)[1]
Launch mass2,600 kilograms (5,700 lb)[1]
Start of mission
Launch date24 August 2001, 20:39:00 (2001-08-24UTC20:39Z) UTC[2]
Launch siteBaikonur 81/24
End of mission
Deactivatedlate 2009/early 2010 [3]
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Longitude24W until September 2007 then 12E [4]
Infrared telescope with 1 metre (3 ft 3 in) aperture [1]

Kosmos 2379 (Russian: Космос 2379 meaning Cosmos 2379) is a Russian US-KMO missile early warning satellite which was launched in 2001 as part of the Russian Space Forces' Oko programme. The satellite is designed to identify missile launches using infrared telescopes.[2]

Kosmos 2379 was launched from Site 81/24 at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. A Proton-K carrier rocket with a DM-2 upper stage was used to perform the launch, which took place at 20:39 UTC on 24 August 2001.[2] The launch successfully placed the satellite into geostationary orbit. It subsequently received its Kosmos designation, and the international designator 2001-037A.[2] The United States Space Command assigned it the Satellite Catalog Number 26892.[2]

This satellite was located at 24W until August/September 2007 when it moved to 12E.[4] It had an 8-year operational life and failed late 2009/early 2010.[3]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "US-KMO (71Kh6)". Gunter's Space Page. 2012-03-30. Retrieved 2012-04-19.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Cosmos 2379". National Space Science Data Centre. 2012-04-10. Retrieved 2012-04-19.
  3. ^ a b Pavel, Podvig (2010-04-28). "Early warning system is down to three satellites". Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces. Retrieved 2012-04-19.
  4. ^ a b Pavel, Podvig (2007-09-05). "Early-warning satellite is drifting off station". Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces. Retrieved 2012-04-19.