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The Krasnodar and Kiev spy satellites.
Category. Statistic.
Launch vehicle. Vostok rocket.
Launch date. Planned for some time in 1967.
Launch site. Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Ceased operations. Abandoned due to budget cuts.
Owner(s). OKB-1.
Major contractor(s) . OKB-1.
Is it still in orbit. Never launched.
Nationality(s). Soviet.
Launch mass. ~2,500 kg for both.
Satellite type. Photo-reconnaissance (Krasnordar) and x-ray photo-reconnaissance (Kiev).
Links. UK tabloid press in the late 1980s.

The unified Krasnodar-Kiev spy satellite system (Russian:Единая Краснодар-Киев спутник-шпион система\Yedinaya Krasnodar-Kiyev sputnik-shpion sistema) was a set of 2 planned satellites. They would fly 10 miles apart at approximately the same hight. The plan was to get both a high grade light and low grade x-ray image of the same location at virtually these same time. OKB-1 had been ordered to start drawing up plans based on those of the Zenit 2 satellite in 1964, it was partly built and tested between 1965 and 1966. It fell a year behind schedule, had technical problems and went over budget. It was scrapped in mid 1967.

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