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The Korean Multi-Purpose Satellite (KOMPSAT) was an experimental South Korean spacecraft launched from Vandenberg AFB by a Taurus rocket. KOMPSAT operates at a Sun-synchronous orbit of 685 km altitude and the crossing time is 10:50. One orbital period is 98.46 minutes. The satellite carried remote sensing instruments for providing digital cartography of Korea, and status of marine biology. Also included was the Ionospheric Measurement Sensor (IMS) to monitor ionospheric parameters along the satellite orbit and the High energy Particles Detector (HEPD). (The same rocket also released three dozen capsules, each holding 200 gm of cremated remains, at a price of $4,800/per capsule.)

Alternate Names

  • 26032

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1999-12-21
Launch Vehicle: Taurus
Launch Site: Vandenberg AFB, United States

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (South Korea)


  • Space Physics
  • Earth Science

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Dr. Dieter K. Bilitza



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