Observing Systems Capability Analysis and Review Tool
Satellite Programme: Korea Multi-Purpose Satellite
Series of 5 satellites for land observation. Original name: “Arirang”, a Korean folk song.
Korean programme: KARI responsible of development and operations.
The platforms are actively stabilised over 3 axes.
The design life time isinitially 3 years, increased to 4 years (KOMPSAT-3) and 5 years (KOMPSAT-5).
The satellites fly sunsynchronous orbits around 11:00 or 13:30 or 6:00 depending on the instrumentation.
The replacement policy is based on launching satellites in sequence, roughly 6 months before the expected end-of-life of a satellite.
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Data stored onboard and transmitted to a main receiving station in Korea.
Direct read-out to appointed X-band stations (one in Germany by DLR).
Data processing and analysis performed by KARI at the KOMPSAT Receiving and Processing System (KRPS).
1999 - 2019
Associated satellites and instruments
Note: red tag => no longer operational , green tag => operational , blue tag => planned
Korea Multi-Purpose Satellite
(1999 - 2008)
(2006 - 2017)
(2012 - 2017)
(2015 - 2019)
(2013 - 2018)