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Kondor E



The Kondor-E is a small civilian radar Earth observation satellite designed by NPO Mashinostroyeniya. It is built for a foreign customer, the military of South Africa under Project Flute. It is unclear, if South Africa holds the ownership of the satellite.

The Kondor satellite features a S-band synthetic apperture 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 military counterpart is called Kondor 1.

It was to be launched in 2013 on a Strela launch vehicle from the Baikonur cosmodrome, but the launch has slipped several times.

Alternate Names

  • 40353
  • KondorE

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2014-12-19
Launch Vehicle: Strela (modified SS-19 ICBM)
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (International)


  • Surveillance and Other Military

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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