South Korea will embark on a plan this month to develop a maritime observation satellite capable of providing data on waters surrounding the Korean Peninsula, reported South Korean Yonhap News Agency.
The envisioned geostationary satellite will be jointly designed and constructed by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, the Korea Ocean Research and Development Institute and Astrium, a French satellite maker, Yonhap quoted the South Korean Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries as reporting.
The report said the satellite would be placed in a geostationary orbit over the equator. However, it did not disclose when the satellite would be completed or launched.
The proposed satellite’s would cover a 2,500-by-2,500 kilometer footprint surrounding South Korea and parts of the South China Sea,said Yonhap. The satellite would provide maritime information on an hourly basis, unlike the daily or weekly information that the country is currently receiving from foreign commercial satellites.
The satellite would also help policymakers and disaster relief organizations have a clearer understanding of developments such asyellow dusts, forest fires and snowstorms, added Yonhap. The satellite could also be used to determine the occurrence of red tide, an overgrowth of toxic algae which usually occurs off South Korean south coast during summer.