Russia Puts Kondor-E Satellite into Orbit
The Strela carrier rocket with the Kondor-E dual-purpose satellite has been launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The launch was initially scheduled for December 18, but was postponed due to technical reasons. This information was presented by a source in Russia’s Roscosmos.
It should be noted that the Kondor is a series of small earth remote sensing satellites developed for the Russian Defence Ministry and foreign customers. The first Kondor satellite was launched into orbit in summer 2013.
The Kondor-E small spacecraft with a synthetic aperture radar is designed for collecting, storing and transferring detailed earth remote sensing data in the microwave electromagnetic spectral band to ground data receiving and processing posts.
The Strela launch vehicle is a two-stage liquid-fuelled launch vehicle based on the RS-18 ICBM. The vehicle has a launch mass of 105,000 kg. The Strela can deliver payloads of up to 1,700 kg.