BackForward Satellite Programme: Korea Multi-Purpose Satellite 

Programme details
Programme description
  • 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.
  • See detailed description at
Data circulation
  • 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).
Agencies KARI
Programme lifetime 1999 - 2029
Associated satellites and instruments

Note: red tag => no longer operational , green tag => operational , blue tag => planned