Kondor-E 1 [NPO Mashinostroyeniya]
The Kondor-E is a small radar Earth observation satellite designed by NPO Mashinostroyeniya. It is built for a foreign customer, the military of South Africa under Project "Consolidated Flute". It is unclear, if South Africa holds the ownership of the satellite.
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 prototype was called Kondor 1. A civilian version is the Kondor-FKA.
It was to be launched in 2013 on a Strela launch vehicle from the Baikonur cosmodrome, but the launch had slipped several times to a launch in December 2014.
|Nation:||Russia, South Africa|
|Type / Application:||Earth observation, radar|
|Operator:||Russian Ministry of Defense|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Orbit:||499 km × 502 km, 74.75°|
|Kondor-E 1 (Kondor-E №2, "Consolidated Flute")||2014-084A||19.12.2014||Ba LC-175/59||Strela|