Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)

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Established in 1989, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) has been fulfilling its role as the leading national aerospace R&D institute since the beginning of aerospace history in Korea.

KARI leads the development of aircraft, satellite and space launch vehicle technology as well as performing the quality certification of aircraft and space products for the government.

In the satellite area, KARI successfully launched KOMPSAT-1 (Korea Multi-Purpose Satellite-1), KOMPSAT-2, COMS (Communication, Oceanography and Meteorology Satellite) in 1999, 2006, and 2010 respectively. KOMPSAT-3, launched in 2012, and KOMPSAT-5 projects are ongoing, and remote sensing research and space environment tests are also being carried out.

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KOMPSAT-2 (Arirang-2)

KOMPSAT-2 was 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.

KOMPSAT-2 was launched by Rockot launch vehicle on 28 July 2006.

KOMPSAT-2, equipped with MSC (Multi-Spectral Camera) providing 1m 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.

The duty of satellite data application research is to promote satellite information to both the government and the public, and to perform scientific research for public interest. The establishment of data policy is essential for the promotion of satellite information.