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KARI opens an overseas tracking station in Palau

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KARI opens an overseas tracking station in Palau
- To receive remote sensing data such as a projectile’s location and status

□ The Korea Aerospace Research Institute established its overseas tracking station in Palau, South Pacific, and it will be holding the ceremony for opening the station on Thursday, November 7 with employees and government officials concerned in attendance.

〇 Said tracking station is a facility for ascertaining the real-time location and status of projectiles and payload (satellite) like Nuri. It is located on a 28,000 ㎡ land and equipped with a large-sized Telemetry Ground Station* (7.3m in radius) for receiving remote sensing data and a satellite communications network. It can receive data and images from a projectile as far away as 1,700 km.

* The Telemetry Ground Station is a wireless communications system designed to receive data concerning the location, status of working, and relevant features of projectile and payload (satellite) (such as speed, acceleration, location, posture, stage/satellite separation signal, pressure, temperature, voltage, electric current, etc.). It is indispensable equipment for carrying out said mission and safe flight control.

□ With the establishment of the Palau Tracking Station, KARI will be able to ensure the safety of the launch of a projectile at all times through stable receipt of data concerning its location and status of aviation, jointly with the Naro Space Center and the Jeju Tracking Station.

〇 It means that KARI will be able to receive data concerning information on a projectile more than 3,000 km (near the equator) away from the Naro Space Center.

□ At the time of launching the space rocket Naro-1 in 2013, KARI went so far as to have a ship of the Korea Coast Guard sail to the sea area near the Philippines to track it. As for its launch pads outside the country, KARI also operates many tracking stations along the entire rocket path.

□ KARI has opened the Palau Tracking Station after obtaining the relevant permission from the Palau government in 2016 and carrying out the civil engineering work and installation of equipment. It started basic surveys in 2012 in preparation for the launch and operation of space projectiles including Nuri-series rockets and decided on Palau as the final candidate site for the tracking station in 2014.

□ KARI plans to use the Palau Tracking Station, starting from the launch of the next one of the ensuing series of Nuri in 2021, after going through interlocking tests with the tracking equipment at the Naro Space Center.
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