Russia will be able to take pictures of the Earth with the resolution of Google Maps

09:40 26.05.2023 Science

Russia, thanks to the Kondor-FKA-M satellite, will be able to take radar images of the Earth with the resolution of Google Maps. This was announced to RIA Novosti by Alexei Rabochiy, chief designer in the direction of the Joint Directorate of Space Systems of the Scientific and Production Association (NPO) of mechanical engineering.

The specialist called the main feature of the new generation satellites โ€œthe change in the geometry of the radar to an oblique cutout scheme and the replacement of the horn feed with an feed with an active antenna-feeder array.โ€

โ€œIncluding this, it fundamentally changed the main characteristics of radar imaging, increased the angles of electronic scanning along two planes, which makes it possible to achieve a resolution of up to 0.5 meters in detailed shooting,โ€ the designer specified.

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Earlier, Roskosmos reported that the Soyuz-2.1a rocket with the Fregat upper stage and the first Kondor-FKA radar satellite was taken to the Vostochny launch complex 1C. The carrier launch is scheduled for May 27 at 00:15 Moscow time.

In the same month, a representative of the state corporation, Vitaly Mironichev, announced that the launch of the second Kondor-FKA satellite was scheduled for 2024.

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