South Korea: South Korea on Thursday launched its first radar imaging satellite KOMPSAT 5. The new satellite has joined the two other South Korean Earth observation satellites.
So far, South Korea”s satellites with optical cameras could only see the ground during daytime and in clear weather. KOMPSAT 5 will offer high-resolution observing capabilities to include imaging at night and in all weather conditions. KOMPSAT 5”s synthetic aperture radar will scan Earth”s surface with a top resolution of 1 metre. KOMPSAT 5”s imagery will be used to compile geographic information systems and in ocean management, land management, disaster response and environmental monitoring applications. The new satellite was launched from a space base near Yasny, Russia.