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Zond-PP (MKA-PN 1)

Zond-PP [Lavochkin]

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.

Nation: Russia
Type / Application: Earth observation
Operator: Roskosmos
Contractors: Lavochkin
Equipment: L-band UHF panoramic radiometer, Pribor EK camera
Configuration: Karat-Bus
Power: 3 deployable, fixed solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 3 years
Mass: 156 kg
Orbit: 805 km × 821 km, 99.0
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Zond-PP (MKA-PN 1) 2012-039E 22.07.2012 Ba LC-31/6 Soyuz-FG Fregat with Kanopus-V 1, BKA, exactView 1, TET 1