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Kompsat 3



Kompsat 3 (Korean Multi-Purpose Satellite 3) was launched from Tanegashima on 17 May 2012 at 16:39 UT by an H-2A rocket. Kompsat 3, also known as Arirang 3, weighed 800 kg. The mission objectives for Kompsat 3 are to meet the needs for high-resolution EO (Electro-Optical) images required for GIS (Geographical Information Systems), and other environmental, agricultural and oceanographic monitoring applications. The high resolution imaging satellite carries a camera that will resolve objects as small as 70 cm, or 2.3 feet, on Earth's surface. The satellite will operate at an altitude of 685 km in a sun-synchronous orbit and has an expected lifespan of 4 years.

Alternate Names

  • 38338
  • KOrean Multi-Purpose Satellite 3
  • Arirang 3

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2012-05-17
Launch Vehicle: H-2A
Launch Site: Tanegashima, Japan
Mass: 800 kg

Funding Agency

  • Korea Aerospace Research Institute (South Korea)


  • Earth Science

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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