KOMPSAT-5 (Korea Multi-Purpose Satellite-5) was launched on 22 August 2013 and was the first Korean SAR Satellite designed and manufactured by the Korean Space Agency (KARI). KOMPSAT-5 carries a X-band SAR instrument which provides imagery in all polarizations.

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Technical Specifications

Resolution1m High Resolution
3m Standard 
20m Wide Swatch
Swath width5km High Resolution
30km Standard
100km Wide Swatch
BandsX-band SAR Instrument
Stereo availableN/A
Coverage185 - 490km for nominal support
490 - 675km for extended beam steering


KOMPSAT-5 is a Korean satellite launched in 2013 as part of the Korean National Development Mission Plan by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. Developed by the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), the primary objective of KOMPSAT-5's mission was to monitor for environmental disasters with the use of SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) imaging.

KOMPSAT-5 carries three instruments: Korea SAR Instrument (COSI), the Atmosphere Occultation and Precision Orbit Determination (AOPOD), and the Laser Retro-Reflector Array (LRRA). With the COSI instrument, it provides SAR imagery in varying resolution and swath widths. KOMPSAT-5 operates in a sun-synchronous orbit of an altitude of 550 km with an orbital period of 98.5 minutes, and a repeat cycle of 28 days.

Ground deformation monitoring
Environmental Disaster Monitoring

Land surface SAR imagery, Atmospheric specific humidity (column/profile), Atmospheric temperature (column/profile), Land surface topography.

Wide swath width
Wide swath width

Multiple Swath widths between 5km and 100km, allowing for large-area coverage in a single pass.

High-resolution imaging
High-Resolution Imaging

High-resolution optical imaging data, enabling detailed observations of Earth's surface.


Features and Benefits

  • COSI provides viewing of landscape topography and multi-purpose land imagery for land applications of cartography and disaster monitoring.
  • KOMPSAT-5 is also referred to as the 'GOLDEN' mission due to; Acquisition of independent high resolution SAR imagery, ocean and land management (survey of natural resources) and disaster and environmental monitoring (Surveillance of large-scale disasters and its countermeasure).


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