GEO-KOMPSAT-2A satellite successfully launched

GK-2A

GK-2A was launched into space aboard Ariane 5, from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

GEO-KOMPSAT-2A (GK-2A), a South Korean geostationary meteorological satellite, was successfully launched from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on the evening  of Tuesday the 4th of December 2018.

Covering the Asia-Pacific region, GK-2A is designed to conduct meteorological and space weather monitoring missions.

The AMI (Advanced Meteorological Imager), the payload for the meteorological mission of GK-2A, is comparable to those of the AHI (Advanced Himawari Imager) and ABI (Advanced Baseline Imager) onboard Himawari-8/9 and GOES-16/17, respectively.

GK-2A is also equipped with KSEM (Korean Space Weather Monitoring) instrument package, which will be used to monitor the near-Earth space weather conditions that affect a number of human activities.

You can watch this successful launch below.

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