Kompsat-5 Observation Satellite in Orbit, With Thales Alenia Space Payload

South Korea's Kompsat-5 Earth observation satellite was successfully launched today from the Dombarovsky Launch Site, Yasny, in Russia.

Thales Alenia Space developed the synthetic aperture radar (SAR) payload system under contract to the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI). Kompsat-5 is South Korea's first SAR type Earth observation satellite. It will primarily be used for environmental monitoring in the Korean peninsula.

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Source: Thales Alenia Space
Date: Aug 23, 2013