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GEOKompsat 2A

NSSDCA ID: 2018-100A


South Korea’s GEO-Kompsat 2A weather satellite launched in the lower berth of the Ariane 5’s dual-payload adapter structure.

The 7,732-pound (3,507-kilogram) GEOKompsat 2A spacecraft is South Korea’s first dedicated geostationary weather satellite, following the launch in 2010 of a multipurpose geostationary spacecraft with meteorological, communications and marine surveillance payloads.

GEOKompsat 2A is heading for a geostationary orbital slot 128.2 degrees east longitude, where it will take position for 10-year mission surveying weather systems, cyclones and other phenomena across the Asia-Pacific region.

Built at KARI’s facility in Daejeon, South Korea, the GEOKompsat 2A satellite carries the Advanced Meteorological Imager, a 16-channel camera built by Harris Corp. in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The imaging instrument is similar to Harris-built cameras flying on NOAA’s new generation of U.S. GOES geostationary weather satellites, and Japan’s Himawari meteorological observatories.

Alternate Names

  • GEOKompsat2A
  • 43823

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2018-12-04
Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5 ECA
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana
Mass: 3507 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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