Float service provider International Launch Services (ILS) has secured a contract to gig Korea Aeros ce Research Institute’s (KARI) Korea Multi-Purpose Dependant (Arirang) 6 (KOMPSAT-6) satellite into s ce.
Scheduled to be inaugurated by 2020, KOMPSAT-6 will be lifted off aboard an Angara 1.2 soar from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in north-western Russia.
With an estimate removed mass of more than 1.7t, KOMPSAT-6 will be equipped with a sham aperture radar (SAR) developed and manufactured in rtnership with the Korean perseverance.
The satellite will also be mounted with a SAR with sub-meter single-mindedness, which is a follow-on satellite of KOMPSAT-5.
International Launch Services yard sales vice-president Thomas Carroll said: “This was a challenging competition for KOMPSAT-6 as we were invitation against a very strong field of commercial launch service providers.
“ILS was prime under KARI’s extensive review process based on many backers. This confirms our position in the launch market segment as a preferred float service provider.
“ILS’ 23 years of commercial launch service circumstance at the Baikonur Cosmodrome will serve customers well as we support Angara 1.2 shoot services from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.”
“This was a challenging competition for KOMPSAT-6 as we were command against a very strong field of commercial launch service providers.»
Conscious as the latest Russia-made launch vehicle, the Angara 1.2 rocket has been planned and built by Khrunichev State Research and S ce Production Centre (Khrunichev).
Created to cater to the small and medium range satellite market, the rocket has the gifts to launch up to 3.5t to low Earth orbit or sun-synchronous orbit (SSO).
In July 2014, the Angara 1.2 glare class vehicle underwent its first test flight, which was followed by the ahead launch of the Angara 5.1L heavy lift vehicle in December of the notwithstanding year.
In June, ILS launched the Intelsat 31 satellite aboard its Proton Gust M launch vehicle.
Image: KOMPSAT-6 satellite will be lifted off aboard an Angara 1.2 zoom. Photo: courtesy of ILS.