425 Project Flight 1 and ride-shares
Fri Dec 01, 2023 18:19 UTC
425 Project Flight 1
Launch of the first satellite in a contract of 5 reconnaissance satellites for the South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), with 1 satellite featuring an electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) telescope. The other 4 synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites are to be launched at a later date.
They will be launched to low Earth orbit between 600 and 700 km by 2025, enabling South Korea’s military to observe the nuclear-armed neighbor’s key military facilities every two hours with 30-50 centimeters resolution imagery, according to a 2019 report produced by the Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning.
The project is led by the Korean Agency for Defense Development (ADD) and Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), with input from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), Hanwha Systems, and Thales Alenia Space.
* EIRSAT-1, Ireland's first satellite, is a 2U cubesat by University College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast that carries a gamma-ray detector and an experiment of thermal coatings for other spacecraft.