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Blob
2006-Jul-12, 10:19 PM
South Korea will launch a satellite for geographical updates, natural resource searches and environmental observation from a Russian spaceport late this month.

The multipurpose Arirang 2 satellite is scheduled to lift off July 28 from a launch pad in the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, about 800 km northeast of Moscow.
The launch was previously scheduled for November but had to be delayed due to technical problems.
The satellite is expected to give the country the ability to take high-resolution pictures of the earth's surface. It will be placed on a 685-km orbit by a Russian rocket.

Source (http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/200607/kt2006071217493268040.htm)

Blob
2006-Jul-25, 03:03 AM
The South Korean Arirang 2 (also known as the Korea Multi-Purpose Satellite-2, KompSat-2) remote-sensing satellite built under a program developed by the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), will be launched aboard a Rokot launch vehicle from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome at 07:05:43 UT, 28th July, 2006.

The Rokot carrier-rocket is a modification of the RS-18 two-stage ballistic missile that is being gradually decommissioned from Russia's Strategic Missile Forces. The rocket (Rockot-KM launch vehicle of Eurockot from Plesetsk, Russia) is designed to put spacecraft weighing under 2 tons into near-earth orbits.
The Rokot will deploy the satellite, which has a mass of approximately 800 kg, into a circular sun-synchronous circular orbit at an altitude of 685 km, inclination = 98.13, period = 98.46 min, the mean local time of the ascending node is at 10:50 hours. The KOMPSAT-2 orbit is identical to that of KOMPSAT-1 but with a different phase.

The main mission objectives of the KOMPSAT-2 are to provide a surveillance capability for large-scale disasters by acquiring high-resolution imagery for GIS (Geographic Information Systems) applications.
The satellite is equipped with a high-resolution multi-spectral camera jointly developed by Electro Optical Industries Ltd. of Israel, that has a resolution of 1 metre.