Kompsat 1 and Kompsat 2 from a European perspective

Florian Kressler, Y.S. Kim, Christian Schiller, Klaus Steinnocher

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ABSTRACT: On July, 28th, 2006 the second Korean Mulipurpose Satellite (KOMPSAT-2) was launched. This not only represents an important step on the roadmap of the Korean National Space Development Plan (NSP), it is also an important addition to the already available high-resolution optical sensor. With specifications similar to those of IKONOS-2, it is complementary to the remote sensing systems currently operated by Europe. KOMPSAT-2 is part of a long-term concentrated governmental effort of different Korean agencies to develop, built and operate different space technologies. This long term support allows the gradual built-up of capabilities and know-how, ranging from the design and operation of space sensors to the launch of space vehicles. Cooperations between Korea and Europe on a governmental, research and commercial basis provide an opportunity for both Korean and European researchers to benefit from each others technologies. Panchromatic data of the Electro-Optical Camera onboard KOMPSAT-1, launched in 1999, is already available through the European Space Agency's (ESA) Third-Party-Mission Programme and at the Austrian Research Centers (ARC). * Corresponding author. 1. INTRODUCTION The Republic of Korea (see Figure 1) has approximately 48.8 Million inhabitants and covers 98.480 km². The capital Seoul is, with over 10 Million inhabitants in the city area and over 23 Million (Brinkhoff, 2006) in the Seoul metropolitan area, one of the largest megacities in the world. It is also the worlds 10th largest exporter (CIA-Factbook, 2006), mostly due to its large high-technology industry. Source: https://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/maps/ks-map.gif Figure 1. Map of the Republic of Korea In view of the importance of high technology for the future economic development, the government of Korea drew up a National Technology Road Map in 1995, in which six strategic technologies were selected as critical for the future, space technology being one of them (Choi, 2003). In accordance to this, remote sensing was found to be of prime importance for the national development of high technology. The National Space Development of Korea, established in 1995 and revised in 2005 (NSP, 2005), lays down the roadmap for space development in Korea until 2015. It encompasses, among others, the development of 7 multipurpose, 4 science and 2 geostationary satellites. From an earth observation and monitoring point of view, the multipurpose satellites are of the greatest interest. Two KOMPSAT (Korean Multipurpose Satellite) satellites have already been launched. KOMPSAT-1, launched in 1999, provides with the EOC (Electro Optical Camera) panchromatic images at a spatial resolution of 6.6 m. While it served as a testbed for further Korean developments, it already provided valuable data and is still in operation at the time of writing. In the course of a cooperation between the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) and the Austria Research Centers (ARC) datasets covering different European cities were geocoded and made available as well as different applications, using this data, were examined. On 28th July, 2006 KOMPSAT-2 was launched. With specifications comparable to those of IKONOS-2 it represents a major development step for the Korean space programme as well as an important addition to the already available sensor. Due to the cooperation already established between KARI and
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings from the 2nd International Workshop "The Future of remote sensing"
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Research Field

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  • Remote Sensing
  • High resolution
  • Multispectral
  • Sensor,


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