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Established in 1989 to ensure the successful realisation of the nation's space programs, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) has been carrying out a key role in the development of aircraft, satellite and space launch vehicle technology in South Korea.

Regarding the satellite development, KARI successfully launched KOMPSAT-1, 2, 3, 3A (Optical) and 5 (SAR) for low-orbit high-resolution earth observation and the COMS geostationary satellite for communication, oceanographic and meteorological monitoring. Satellite data applications are enhanced by processing raw image data into standard products, as well as by applying value-added image processing.

For more information, visit the KARI website


KOMPSAT-2

The Korea Multi-Purpose Satellite (Arirang) 2 is an earth observation satellite equipped with a 1m high-resolution multi-spectral camera. It was converted to a research satellite in October 2015 after successfully carrying out its mission for nine years. Arirang 2 played a key role in expanding national satellite image assets by transmitting around 75,400 pictures of Korea and 2.448 million pictures of the world.

Launch date: 28 July 2006

KOMPSAT-2


KOMPSAT-3

The Korea Multi-Purpose Satellite (Arirang) 3 is a high-resolution earth observation satellite equipped with a sub-metre class electro optical camera. Korea's first sub-metre class optical payload, with an observation capability of 1m or less resolution, was developed with Korean technology, thus enabling Korea to achieve world-class optical payload development capability.

Launch date: 18 May 2012

KOMPSAT-3


KOMPSAT-5

The Korea Multi-Purpose Satellite (Arirang) 5 is an earth observation satellite equipped with Korea's first all-weather Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). The SAR mounted on Arirang 5 emits microwaves to an object on the ground and synthesises the reflected signal to produce an image. It enables ground observation even during night-time and poor weather conditions.

Launch date: 22 August 2013

KOMPSAT-5