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Spire, HANCOM InSpace Expand Satellite Constellation

Our Bureau - : Mar 27, 2024 - : 9:20 pm

Spire Global, Inc., a provider of space-based data, analytics, and space services, has announced a deal with South Korea’s HANCOM InSpace, a subsidiary of the HANCOM Group, to deploy two additional satellites, Sejong-2 and Sejong-3, in partnership with Spire Space Services. This collaboration aims to enhance the capabilities of HANCOM-1 (Sejong-1), collectively forming Korea’s inaugural three-satellite remote sensing image data service constellation.

HANCOM specializes in commercial and governmental applications of image analysis, including vehicle, aircraft, and ship detection, monitoring infrastructure changes, and pine tree health assessment. The missions will concentrate on gathering optical imagery for various agricultural applications, including landscaping and augmenting their current image analysis offerings. HANCOM envisions launching and operating a constellation of up to 50 satellites.

Sejong-1, a Spire satellite equipped with an optical payload for HANCOM, was launched in May 2022 aboard the SpaceX Transporter-5 Mission from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, marking the first commercial satellite deployment for a private South Korean entity.

“Collaborating with Hancom Group on the expansion of their satellite constellation is a testament to the innovative spirit driving advancements in the South Korean space industry,” said Frank Frulio, general manager of Space Services at Spire. 

“As a pioneer in deploying satellites, Hancom continues to demonstrate its leadership in the space industry, and we are thrilled to contribute to the growth of their constellation. Our Space Services team’s dedication and ingenuity shine through, ensuring an unparalleled experience for customers like Hancom, and reinforcing our commitment to delivering cutting-edge solutions in Earth Observation and beyond.”

Myungjin Choi, CEO of HANCOM InSpace, said: “Collaborating with Spire Global underscores our commitment to advancing the capabilities of our satellite constellation. Sejong-2 and Sejong-3, alongside Sejong-1, mark a significant step forward in our mission to provide cutting-edge image analysis solutions.”

“Sejong-2 will serve as an extension of Sejong-1, focusing on maritime, agricultural monitoring, and change detection, especially in urban areas, while Sejong-3, equipped with a hyperspectral imager, will leverage its spectral range advantages for applications such as calculating wildfire damage area, analyzing air pollution levels, and assessing river water quality.”

“With the integration of images from our own multispectral and hyperspectral imagers, drones, and high-performance ground cameras, we are poised to expand our image utilization portfolio even further. We anticipate that the image quality of both Sejong-2 and Sejong-3 will be as exceptional as that of Sejong-1,” he added.


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