Korea: Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract from the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) to provide space inertial reference systems for the GEO-KOMPSAT-2 space satellite program.
Under a firm-fixed-price contract worth nearly $9 million, Northrop Grumman will provide its Scalable Space Inertial Reference Units (Scalable SIRU) for the GEO-KOMPSAT-2A and -2B satellites. The Scalable SIRU(TM) supplies rotation rate data that enable the stabilisation, pointing and attitude control of satellites and space vehicles. The contract includes an option for one additional unit to be exercised by July 2015 for the KOMPSAT-6 program.
The GEO-KOMPSAT-2 satellites, which are located in geostationary orbit, will provide payloads for meteorological, space weather, ocean and environment monitoring missions. GEO-KOMPSAT-2A is planned for launch in 2018, while the GEO-KOMPSAT-2B launch is slated for 2019.
Since 2007, Northrop Grumman has supplied the Scalable SIRU for satellites developed and operated by KARI, including KOMPSAT-3, KOMPSATSHY-3A and KOMPSAT-5.
Source: Northrop Grumman