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Russian Space Agency Pushes Back Earth Imaging Satellite Launch to Friday
by Staff Writers
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 23, 2014


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The launch of Russia's Strela carrier rocket with a Kondor-E radar imaging satellite from the Baikonur cosmodrome has been postponed until Friday due to technical reasons, the country's space agency Roscosmos told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

"The launch has been postponed for a day due to technical reasons," a Roscosmos representative said.

Kondor is a family of light-class earth imaging satellites developed by rocket design bureau NPO Mashinostroyeniya for the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces. Kondor-E is an export version of the satellite.

The spacecraft carries a radar imaging equipment to monitor Earth and ocean surfaces. Satellite imagery can be used for ecological monitoring and to manage natural resources.


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