Kondor (satellite)

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Kondor
ManufacturerNPO Mashinostroyeniya
Country of originRussia
ApplicationsOptical imaging
Radar imaging
Specifications
Design life3-5 years
Launch mass1,000 kilograms (2,200 lb)
RegimeLow Earth
Production
StatusIn production
Built2
On order~3
Launched2
Operational2
First launchKosmos 2487 (Kondor No.202)[1]
27 June 2013

Kondor, GRAU index 14F133, is a series of earth imaging or military reconnaissance satellites developed by NPO Mashinostroyeniya for the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces and export customers. Satellites for the Russian military are designated Kondor, whilst those for export are designated Kondor-E.

Kondor satellites are equipped to carry either synthetic aperture radar or electro-optical imaging payloads, with the first satellite, and are launched using the Strela carrier rocket, developed by NPO Mashinostroyeniya from retired UR-100NUTTKh missiles.[2]

A mass simulator named Gruzomaket was launched in December 2003, and almost ten years later on 27 June 2013, the first spacecraft was launched. Kondor No.202 will be operated by the Russian military,[1] and carries a radar imaging payload.[3] It is the first radar imaging satellite to be operated by the Russian military after the Soviet RORSAT and Almaz-T series. The first Kondor-E launched 19 December 2014 for South Africa.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Issue 681". Jonathan's Space Report. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  2. ^ Zak, Anatoly. "Strela launcher". RussianSpaceWeb. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  3. ^ Zak, Anatoly. "Kondor (14F133) satellite". RussianSpaceWeb. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  4. ^ Graham, William. "Russian Strela rocket launches Kondor-E". NasaSpaceFlight.com. Retrieved 19 December 2014.