Thales Alenia Space has signed a new contract with the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, KARI, to deliver the X-Band communications system for the Korea Multi-Purpose Satellite 7 (KOMPSAT-7) mission, with a target launch in 2021 and a lifetime of five years.

KOMPSAT-7 is an Earth observation mission in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) developed by KARI to provide high resolution satellite images to satisfy South Korea’s national needs. It will carry a high resolution optical instrument, Advanced Earth Imaging Sensor System - High Resolution (AEISS-HR) featuring world-class 0.3 m resolution. The X-Band system will be in charge of transmitting the high resolution images to the ground station through a high speed data downlink.

“Thales Alenia Space is honored to merit the confidence of KARI on our experience and reliability to deliver state-of-the-art satellite communication payloads and equipment,” said Eduardo Bellido, CEO of Thales Alenia Space in Spain. “Our contribution to the KOMPSAT-7 Earth observation program is the latest milestone in a long-standing fruitful collaboration with KARI, in multiple programs such as COMS-1, KOMPSAT-3A, GEO-KOMPSAT-2, KOMPSAT-6, CAS500 and KPLO,” he added.