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KAI signs contract with KARI to developbus system of multi-purpose Satellite No. 7President Ha Sung-yong of Korea Aerospace Industries

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) (President: Ha Sung-yong), the only satellite system developer in Korea, concluded a contract with Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) in April to develop a bus system of the Korea Multi-purpose Satellite No. 7.

Designed by KARI and the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, the multi-purpose satellite development project is aimed at developing world’s top optical satellite installed with a sub-0.3m ultra-high resolution optical camera, infrared ray sensor and high mobility attitude control system. Investing a total of KRW310 billion (approx. $274 million), KARI will develop information system and payload while KAI will develop the bus system with the goal of launching the satellite in 2021.

Having won the tender offered by KARI in February to develop the bus system of the multi-purpose satellite, KAI will start development of the bus system in the middle of May this year based on the contract.

“Initiated by the government, satellite technologies in Korea are developed to the level comparable to advanced countries,” said Ha Sung-yong, President of KAI. “We are committed to continuous development of technologies in the private sector by successfully completing the project of developing the bus system as well as the ongoing project of developing next-generation medium-sized satellite and consolidated assembling of launch vehicle.And we will expand foundation of aerospace industry in Korea by exporting satellites and launchers in packages along with export of aircrafts.”

Based on the ‘strategy of commercializing aerospace technologies’ announced in 2013,the government is fostering the aerospace industry by expanding its focus from KARI to private companies while solidifying foundation of the industry. Under the contract of transferring technologies for next-generation medium-sized satellite signed in October 2016, KARI is transferring technologies and knowhow for developing the next-generation medium-sized satellite No. 1 to KAI, allowing the company and private sector to take initiative in developing the medium-sized satellite No. 2 and following ones.

In addition, the government will strengthen capability of aerospace industry in Korea by making companies to take initiative in development of the bus system of the multi-purpose satellite No. 7 following the satellite No. 2 and 3A, and then build an environment where aerospace technology companies can independently develop satellites after 2020.

Over the past 20 years, KAI has been playing pivotal role in developing aerospace technologies in private sector in Korea by participating in national projects of developing various aerospace technologies, including satellites and launch vehicles, in collaboration with KARI. KAI has been beefing up capabilities of developing aerospace technologies, such as design, production and testing of satellite bus systems by taking part in developing the multi-purpose satellites No. 1 through No. 6, and medium and large-sized satellites, including the Communication, Ocean and Meteorological Satellite, and geostationary orbit complex satellite 2A and 2B.

Building on these technologies and experiences, KAI is assembling Korean launch vehicle and developing a next-generation medium-sized satellite. It aims to grow into a world-level aerospace technology company by taking part in developing military reconnaissance satellites and exporting aerospace technologies and products.

An artist’s conception of multi-purpose Satellite No. 7

Park Byung-uk  edt@koreapost.com

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