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KOMPSAT series

KOMPSAT-1,-2 (Korea Multi-Purpose Satellite-1,-2) Program

The KOMPSAT-1 and 2 were initiated with the goal of developing a payload and a bus for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites for the purpose of acquiring high level satellite technology which is essential to meet the national satellite demand as well as to obtain global market share.

TKOMPSAT-1 launched by Taurus launch vehicle at Vandenberg Air Force Base in the United States on December 21, 1999, completed operation at the end of February in 2008.

KOMPSAT-1 has four payloads on board: an Electro-Optical Camera (EOC) providing panchromatic images with 6.6 m ground sample distance, an Ocean Scanning Multi- Spectral Imager (OSMI), an Ionosphere Measurement Sensor (IMS) and a High Energy Particle Detector (HEPD).

Continuing the observation program of the KOMPSAT-1, the KOMPSAT-2 was launched by Rockot launch vehicle on July 29, 2006.

KOMPSAT-2, equipped with a MSC (Multi-Spectral Camera) providing 1 m resolution panchromatic images and 4m resolution multi-spectral images, is used in various applications such as surveillance of large-scale natural disasters, utilization of mineral resources, construction of a Geographic Information System (GIS), and cartography.




KOMPSAT-3 (Korea Multi-Purpose Satellite-3) Program

The goal of the KOMPSAT-3 program is to develop the high resolution earth observation satellite with optical payload in order to fulfill the national demands of submetric resolution satellite imagery based on heritage technology of the previous KOMPSAT programs. It also aims not only to improve the national capabilities of the satellite development but also to broaden the core knowledge and hardware building infrastructure required to race with world leading company/nation in space development.

The KOMPSAT-3 satellite was launched on May 18, 2012 by the H-IIA launch vehicle of MHI, Japan. It is now operating at an altitude of 685 km of sun-synchronous orbit.

KOMPSAT -3 is now providing high resolution imagery of earth to fulfill not only for national demand but also for the civilian application such as GIS(Geographical Information Systems) /environmental/agricultural/oceanographic monitoring.

Payload : AEISS(Advanced Earth Imaging Sensor System)
- Ground resolution : 0.7m(PAN)/2.8m(Multi-Spectral)

Orbit : 685 km Sun-Synchronous




KOMPSAT-5 (Korea Multi-Purpose Satellite-5) Program

The launch of KOMPSAT-5 satellite was successfully performed by Dnepr Launch Vehicle from Yasny Launch Base, Orenburg region, Russia, on August 22, 2013 at 14:39:13 (UTC). The KOMPSAT-5 satellite consists of the COSI (COrea SAR Instrument) primary payload, AOPOD (Atmosphere Occultation and Precision Orbit Determination) secondary payload and the spacecraft bus. It utilizes a modular design consisting of Payload Module, Avionics Module and Propulsion Module.



The mission objectives of KOMPSAT-5 system are to provide satellite images for the following applications; Geographic Information System, Ocean Management, Land Management, Disaster Monitoring, ENvironment Monitoring (GOLDEN mission).

The primary mission of KOMPSAT-5 system is to provide High Resolution mode SAR image of one (1) m resolution, Standard mode SAR image of three (3) m resolution, and Wide Swath mode SAR image of twenty (20) m resolution, using COSI payload, for meeting GOLDEN mission objectives.

The KOMPSAT-5 is being operated at a mean altitude of 550 km in a Dawn-Dusk orbit and will conduct all weather and all day observations of the Korean peninsula during its five year mission period.

Referred by KARI(http://eng.kari.re.kr) website