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Arianespace to launch COMS-1 for South Korea

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Fri Dec 8, 2006 9:59 pm
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The Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) has chosen Arianespace to launch its COMS-1 multimission satellite.

Jean-Yves Le Gall, Chief Executive Officer of Arianespace, and Dr. Hong-Yul Paik, President of KARI, signed the launch service contract for the COMS-1 satellite.

COMS-1 will be placed into geostationary transfer orbit by an Ariane 5 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, between the end of 2008 and June 2009.

This latest contract from South Korea continues a collaboration that started with the launch of the Kitsat A and B science microsatellites for KARI, followed by the Koreasat 3 communications satellite for operator Korea Telecom.

The COMS-1 contract is the 278th launch service contract signed by Arianespace since its creation in March 1980, and the 12th contract signed in 2006.

The Communication, Ocean and Meteorological Satellite-1 (COMS-1), weighing about 2,600 kg at launch, will be fitted with three payloads, including meteorological observation and ocean surveillance. Because of its orbital position, it will also be fitted with an experimental payload for broadband, multimedia communications services. Program prime contractor Astrium Satellites will build COMS-1 using a Eurostar 3000 platform fitted with a meteorological imager and an ocean observation payload. The experimental telecom payload is being supplied by KARI.

Commenting on this contract, Arianespace CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall said: “We are very honored that KARI has chosen Arianespace and the European launcher to orbit their COMS-1 satellite, which will give South Korea its own oceanic and weather data. For Arianespace, this contract is further recognition of the top-quality services and solutions we offer our customers.”

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