Zond-PP or MKA-PN 1 is a microsatellite designed to study the characteristics of the earth's surface by using a L-band UHF panoramic radiometer and is aimed at mapping of soil moisture and water salinity waters, and study the land-ocean-atmosphere energy system. The results will be used for forecasting changes in the environment and climate.
Additionally a multi-spectral camera (Pribor EK) was installed onboard as a secondary payload.
The Zond-PP is based on Lavochkin's Karat microsatellite bus.
In June 2013, after about 10 months in space, the satellite malfunctioned, apparently due to a computer problem. The mission is likely lost.
|Type / Application:||Earth observation|
|Equipment:||L-band UHF panoramic radiometer, Pribor EK camera|
|Power:||3 deployable, fixed solar arrays, batteries|
|Orbit:||805 km × 821 km, 99.0°|
|Zond-PP (MKA-PN 1)||2012-039E||22.07.2012||Ba LC-31/6||Soyuz-FG Fregat||with Kanopus-V 1, BKA 1, exactView 1, TET 1|