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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
Contractors: NPO Mashinostroyeniya
Equipment: S-band SAR
Configuration: Kondor-E bus
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 5 years
Mass: 1100 kg
Orbit: 499 km × 502 km, 74.75
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Kondor-E 1 (Kondor-E №2, "Consolidated Flute") 2014-084A 19.12.2014 Ba LC-175/59 Strela


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