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EMKA (Zvesda ?)

The russian EMKA is small military satellite optical reconnaissance satellite.

It was built by NPP VNIIEM. It is likely the same satellite identified in earlier reports as Zvesda. The 150 kg satellite was reportedly inspired by the US American commercial Earth imaging satellites of the SkySat 1 series. It features a camera built by the Belarusian company OAO Peleng with a maximum ground resolution of 0.9 meters in panchromatic mode.

The first satellite was launched on a Soyuz-2-1v launch vehicle in March 2018. One of the objectives of the mission has been to observe ground-based optical calibration targets developed at the Moscow Polytechnic University.

Reportedly EMKA is the precursor of a slightly bigger 250 kg satellite called MKA-V (or possibly Razbeg), that can make high-resolution images for both civilian and military purposes.

Nation: Russia
Type / Application:
Contractors: NPP VNIIEM (prime); OAO Peleng (imager)
Orbit: 315 km × 318 km, 96.64
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Kosmos 2525 (EMKA #1) 2018-028A 29.03.2018 Pl LC-43/4 Soyuz-2-1v