SEOUL, Nov. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — Hanwha Systems Co., the defense and ICT unit of South Korea’s Hanwha Group, said Wednesday it plans to launch a small synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite within the year.
The company said it plans to deploy the self-developed SAR satellite into space over the southern waters of Jeju Island by the end of the year.
SAR technology centers around the emission of radar waves to the ground and sea to utilize the reflection of radar waves to create a terrain map. Unlike conventional satellites, it is highly versatile as it can obtain imaging information day and night and even in inclement weather.
Hanwha Systems said the satellite was produced after receiving relevant technology from the government under the country’s policy of transferring satellite technology to the private sector to support the development of the space industry.
A Hanwha representative said the company plans to “accumulate experience in satellite development and utilization by receiving and analyzing real-time ground images and operating the satellite through the company’s ground control center.”