Russia: Russia’s Research and Production Association of Machine-Building (the town of Reutov in the Moscow Region) will develop a new Earth’s remote sensing satellite on the basis of the existing Kondor-FKA space vehicle, reported Russian news agency TASS.
The Reutov-based Research and Production Association was the sole bidder in the tender announced by Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos. The contract is worth 9.3 billion rubles ($147 million) and is intended to be fulfilled by November 25, 2025, added TASS.
The new Kondor-FKA-M satellite is expected to be launched from the Vostochny spaceport by a Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket and a Fregat booster.
Section Head of the Roscosmos Department for Automated Space Systems Valery Zaichko earlier said that the space corporation planned to launch three Kondor-FKA small radar surveillance satellites in 2019, 2020 and 2025. The satellites are expected to be launched from the Vostochny spaceport in the Russian Far East by a Soyuz-2 carrier rocket with a Fregat booster. The Kondor-FKA belongs to a series of small Earth’s remote sensing satellites. The satellites were developed by the Research and Production Association of Machine-Building, in particular, for Russia’s Defense Ministry. The first Kondor satellite was launched on June 27, 2013.