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NamesArirang I
Korean Multi-purpose Satellite-1
Mission typeReconnaissance
Earth observation
OperatorKorea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)
COSPAR ID1999-070A
SATCAT no.26032
Mission duration3 years (planned)
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeKOMPSAT
BusKorean Multi-purpose Satellite - TRW T200B [1]
ManufacturerKorea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)
Start of mission
Launch date21 December 1999, 07:13 UTC
RocketTaurus 2110
Launch siteVandenberg, LC-576E
ContractorOrbital Sciences Corporation
End of mission
Deactivated31 January 2008
Last contact6 January 2008
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit [2]
RegimeSun-synchronous orbit
Altitude685 km (426 mi)
Perigee altitude688.0 km (427.5 mi)
Apogee altitude710.0 km (441.2 mi)
Period98.80 minutes
Surveillance camera
Ionospheric Measurement Sensor (IMS)
High Energy Particles Detector (HEPD)
Arirang program

Arirang-1, or Arirang I, also known as KOMPSAT-1 (Korean Multi-purpose Satellite-1),[1] was an satellite created by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) and launched by a United States launch vehicle on 21 December 1999. This was the first satellite built primarily by South Korean engineers, although previous foreign-built satellites had been launched by Korean companies. It took its name from the popular Korean folk song Arirang.


It carried a surveillance camera able to distinguish objects with a diameter of 6.6 meters. 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).[3]

High Energy Particle Detector (HEPD)

The High Energy Particle Detector (HEPD) instrument consists of a Proton and Electron Spectrometer (PES), a Linear Energy transfer Spectrometer (LET), a Total Dose Monitor (TDM), and a Single Event Monitor (SEM), PES measures protons from 6.4 MeV to 38 MeV in 3 energy channels, electrons from 0.25 MeV to <2.0 MeV in 3 energy channels, and alpha particles from 15 MeV to 60 MeV in an energy channel. LET measures linear energy transfer. TDM measures total ionizing dose of radiation accumulated on RADFET dosimeters. SEM measures single event upset (SEU).[4]


The satellite was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on a Taurus 2110. It had been built in Daedeok Science Town in Daejeon, South Korea. The parts were shipped in three stages from Korea to California by First Express International, a Korean shipping firm.[5]

The Arirang-1 was succeeded by the Arirang-2 in 2006. Additional satellites in the series were planned.


On 6 January 2008, the KARI reported that they had lost contact with the satellite.[6] It is suspected to have had a malfunction that has affected power generation. After the loss of contact with the satellite, the mission was formally ended 31 January 2008.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "KOMPSAT 1 (Arirang 1)". Gunter's Space Page. 7 July 2020. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Trajectory: KOMPSAT 1999-070A". NASA. 10 February 2021. Retrieved 1 March 2021. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ "Display: KOMPSAT 1999-070A". NASA. 10 February 2021. Retrieved 3 March 2021. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ "HEPD: KOMPSAT 1999-070A". NASA. 10 February 2021. Retrieved 3 March 2021. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  5. ^ "Company News". First Express. Archived from the original on 7 October 2007. Retrieved 30 July 2007.
  6. ^ "Engadget". Engadget. Archived from the original on 10 January 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2008.

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