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One of Lavochkin's cross-town rivals, the Khrunichev State Space Research and Production Center (including the Salyut Design Bureau), has proposed the Kondor communications system for mobile users. This 4-satellite system would be based on 2.5-2.6 metric ton spacecraft with 3.2 kW electrical power systems. The communications payload could have a mass up to 500 kg and a power requirement of 1.5 kW. The transponders would be of the L-band and C-band types and INMARSAT-compatible. The L-band transponders would be high power (200-250 W) and be linked to two 6-m-diameter antennas. A specific start date for Kondor operations has not been given, but in 1994 initial activities were said to be possible during 1995-1997 (Reference 360).

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