Satrec Initiative

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Satrec Initiative Co., Ltd.
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Founded1999; 21 years ago (1999) in Daejeon, South Korea
HeadquartersDaejeon, Republic of Korea
Key people
Byungjin Kim, CEO

Sungdong Park, Co-founder

Professor Soondal Choi, Co-founder, First Chairman
ProductsSatellites and related services
Revenue6.0B KRW on 43.0B KRW sales for FY 2017[1]
Number of employees

Satrec Initiative Co., Ltd. (Korean: 쎄트렉아이) or SI or Satrec I is a South Korean satellite manufacturing company headquartered in Daejeon, South Korea[2] The company was founded in 1999 by the engineers who developed the first Korean satellite (KITSAT-1) at KAIST Satellite Technology Research Center (SaTRec). The company designs and builds Earth observation satellites platform called SpaceEye-series, and SI provides various space components, including high resolution electro-optical payloads and star-trackers. SI's market entering began with a Malaysian Earth observation satellite, RazakSAT. SI has two subsidiaries, SI Imaging Service (SIIS), which is the main image data provider of KOMPSAT-series and SI Detection (SID), which provides radiation monitoring solutions.[buzzword]


Satrec Initiative was founded in Daejeon, South Korea in 1999. There are two subsidiaries established based on SI's business in the remote-sensing satellite. One is SI Imaging Service (SIIS) founded in 2014, and they provide very high resolution optical and SAR images obtained from KOMPSAT-series and DubaiSat-2. Second subsidiary is SI Detection, and they develops and provides state-of-art radiation detectors derived from spacecraft radiation detecting systems.

Satellites and launches[edit]

  • KOMPSAT-1 (1999): image receiving and processing station
  • STSAT-1 (2003)
  • KOMPSAT-2 (2006): image receiving and processing station
  • RazakSAT (2009): satellite & ground systems
  • DubaiSat-1 (2009): satellite & ground systems
  • COMS-1 (2010): communication payload integration, electrical modules, sun sensor, image receiving and processing station, and mission control subsystems
  • RASAT (2011): EO payload & attitude sensors
  • X-Sat (2011): EO payload
  • KOMPSAT-3 (2012): image receiving and processing station, mission control subsystems, and sun sensor
  • Gokturk-2 (2012): EO payload
  • KOMPSAT-5 (2013): fixed/mobile image receiving and processing station, mission control subsystems, SAR simulator, and sun sensor
  • DubaiSat-2 (2013): satellite & ground systems
  • Deimos-2 (2013): satellite & ground systems
  • KOMPSAT-3A (2015): fixed/mobile image receiving and processing station and sun sensor
  • TeLEOS-1 (2015): EO payload
  • Velox-C1 (2015)
  • KhalifaSat (2018): electric modules, telescope, and image receiving and processing station
  • GEO-KOMPSAT-2A/B (2018/2019): electric modules, space weather sensor, image receiving and processing station, and mission control subsystems



SpaceEye-X is a satellite bus, which was originally designed to carry very high resolution optical payload(<0.5 m resolution).[3] SpaceEye-X provides the capability to accommodate various payloads, including SAR antennas.


SpaceEye-1 is an improved model and advanced variant of the SI-300 satellite bus, which was the platforms of DubaiSat-2 and DEIMOS-2. Current model is optimized for Earth observation purposes (<1 m resolution).[4]


SpaceEye-W is a mini-satellite platform (100 kg class). This platform has a very flexible configuration; it can support assorted missions from technical demonstration and science missions to Earth observation missions and telecommunications.

Subsystem-level Products[edit]

Electric Propulsion Systems[edit]

SI provides Hall-effect electric propulsion systems (HEPS) optimized for small satellite missions. They provide power processing units, propellant feeding units, and Hall effect thrusters with various power consumption range. HEPS has been acquired flight heritages; DubaiSat-2 and DEIMOS-2 equipped HEPS-200 (200 W power consumption).[5]

Star Tracker[edit]

SI develops and manufactures star trackers that have enormous flight heritages.

Other Products[edit]

  • S-band Transceiver
  • X-band Transmitter
  • Steerable X-band Antenna
  • Command & Data Handling Unit
  • Solid-state Recorder
  • Sun Sensor


  1. ^ "099320:KSKOSDAQ Satrec Initiative Co Ltd". Bloomberg. Bloomberg. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Satrec Initiative Co., Ltd". LinkedIn. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  3. ^ Ee-Eul, Kim; Hyunwoo, Lee; Eugene D., Kim (19–22 June 2017). "Sub-half Meter Imaging Satellite, SpaceEye-X". 2017 8th International Conference on Recent Advances in Space Technologies. doi:10.1109/RAST.2017.8002971.CS1 maint: date format (link)
  4. ^ Minwoo, Lee; Jongun, Kim; Myung-Seok, Kang (19 September 2016). "Development of in-orbit refocusing mechanism for SpaceEye-1 electro-optical payload". Proceedings of Earth Observing Systems XXI. doi:10.1117/12.2236435.
  5. ^ Eunkwang, Lee; Hodong, Lee; Yongjun, Moon; Seokhyun, Kang; Younho, Kim; Yunhwang, Jeong; Hosung, Yoon; Miso, Son; Amer Mohammad, Al Sayegh; Mar Luengo, Cerron (16 May 2018). "Development of Robust and Affordable Xenon Feed Unit for Hall Effect Propulsion Systems". Proceedings of Space Propulsion 2018.