ROSCOSMOS is preparing to launch a remote sensing radar satellite, Kondor-FKA No.1, on a Soyuz 2.1a launch vehicle featuring a Fregat-M upper stage. It will launch from Vostochny Cosmodrome, in Far East Russia.
The Kondor satellite (designed by NPO Mashinostroyeniya) is equipped with an S-band synthetic aperture radar (SAR) capable of performing continuous swath surveys or detailed spot surveys. It has a swath width of 10 km. In spotlight mode, the ground resolution ranges from 1 to 2 m, while in stripmap mode, it is 1 to 3 m, and in ScanSAR mode, it varies from 5 to 30 m.
ROSCOSMOS reported that this satellite will enhance the capabilities of Russia for all-weather and round-the-clock monitoring of the Earth, including the Russian Arctic. This is critical for tracking the thickness of ice along the entire Northern Sea Route. The second Kondor-FKA satellite is scheduled to launch in 2024, and two more satellites are planned to be launched in 2029-2030. Additionally, an improved version called Kondor-FKA-M is being developed, with a launch expected to occur after 2030.