Re: Intercosmos 19

Leo Barhorst (
Tue, 09 Dec 1997 16:30:54 +0100

Ron Dantowitz wrote:

> So it [Intercosmos 19] is NOT 3m long, but perhaps long/thin antennae, yielding a > small RCS?
> Comments from any of our lurking surveillance deities?

Searching through several books I have on soviet spacecraft no pictures
of IC 19
were found.

In 'The Encyclopedia of soviet spacecraft' by Douglas Hart, 1987, Bison
London, ISBN 0 86124 350 1, only a description of IC 19 appears on page
34. IC 19
joined the IC 18 sub-satellite Magion and two US geophysical satellites
in the study
of the Earth's magnetosphere. Also Swedish, French, Australian and
Soviet balloon-
and soundingrocket-carried instrument packages were used.
The instruments were:
-Bulgaria: an optical spectrometer; instruments for determining electron
and densities in the magnetosphere;
-Czechoslovakia: high and low frequency probes for determining
distribution and temperature of thermal electrons;
-Poland: a radiospectrometer;
-USSR: an ionospheric station with instrumentation for collection data
on photo-
electric pulses and electron showers, a Mayak transmitter and a device
for analyzing plasma flows.

I suspect several of the above instruments could or should be on booms
to avoid interaction with the spacecraft.

Greetings and clear skies
Leo Barhorst       Alkmaar    The Netherlands
52.65 North        4.47 East  3 m ASL
Every day I wonder about what I see in the sky