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Mission typeTechnology Demonstration
OperatorKorean Institute of Technology (KIT)
COSPAR ID1992-052B
SATCAT no.22077
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass48.6 kg
Start of mission
Launch dateAugust 10, 1992 (UTC) (1992-08-10Z)
Launch siteKourou, French Guyana

KITSAT-1 or KITSAT A is the first satellite to be launched by the Republic of Korea. Once launched, the satellite was given the nickname "Our Star" (우리별).

Launched in 1992, KITSAT-1, which stands for the Korea Institute of Technology Satellite-1, is the first satellite developed by SaTReC. Developed through a collaborative program between SaTReC and the University of Surrey, the main objective of the KITSAT-1 program was to acquire satellite technology through the training and education of satellite engineers.[1]

The success of the KITSAT-1 program marked the beginning of space technology development for South Korea.[2]

Placed into orbit on August 10, 1992, and launched from Guiana Space Centre, its launch weight was 48.6 kg, and it measured 35.2 X 35.6 X 67 cm. The console of the University of Surrey UoSAT-5 satellite was used.

KITSAT-1 was launched on an Ariane 4 rocket along with NASA's TOPEX/Poseidon satellite and France's S80/T satellite .

South Korea became the 22nd country to operate a satellite.

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  1. ^ "KITSAT-1 mission page from SSTL". SSTL. Retrieved 2016-12-26.
  2. ^ "(SaRTec) Satellite Technology Research Lab". SaRTec. Retrieved 2016-12-26.