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27 March 2015
Russian Dnepr rocket launch. Image Credit: Roscosmos
International Space Company (ISC) Kosmotras has launched its Russian Dnepr rocket from Dombarovsky on Wednesday March 25, 2015, carrying the Kompsat-3A satellite for the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI). The launch – which nearly fell foul of a proposed shutdown of Dnepr utilization – was reported to be on schedule at 22:08 UTC on March 25, 2015.
Dnepr Delivers Satellite
Kompsat-3A will be a sister spacecraft to the previously launched Kompsat-3 (Arirang-3), both of which were developed by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI).
The goal of the KOMPSAT-3 project is to develop and mature the hardware using the technology obtained through the KOMPSAT-1 project and the KOMPSAT-2 project.
Artist's concept of the Kompsat 3A satellite. Image Credit: KARI
It aims to meet Korean satellite demand and form a technology infrastructure that will “make inroads into the world space industry at a stage when the industry is improving the capability to develop and design highly advanced remote sensing satellites,” according to KARI.
Kompsat-3 is operating at an altitude of 685 km in a sun-synchronous orbit using a payload capable of submeter class resolution.
For more information about Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), visit: http://www.kari.re.kr/
Images (mentioned), Video, Text, Credits: ROSCOSMOS/KARI/Orbiter.ch Aerospace.