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Kondor-E 1 [NPO Mashinostroyeniya]

The Kondor is a small military radar Earth observation satellite prototype designed by NPO Mashinostroyeniya.

The Kondor satellite features a S-band synthetic aperture radar (SAR), which can conduct both continous swath surweys or detailed spot surveys. The swath width is 10 km. Ground resolution is 1-2 m in spotlight mode, 1-3 m in stripmap mode and 5-30 m in ScanSAR mode.

The operational version is called Kondor-E 1.

It was launched in 2013 on a Strela launch vehicle from the Baikonur cosmodrome.

Nation: Russia
Type / Application: Earth observation, radar
Operator: Russian Ministry of Defense
Contractors: NPO Mashinostroyeniya
Equipment: S-band SAR
Configuration: Kondor-E bus
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 5 years
Mass: 1100 kg
Orbit: 505 km × 505 km, 74.75
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Kosmos 2487 (Kondor #1, Kondor-E №1) 2013-032A 27.06.2013 Ba LC-175/59 Strela


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