Artist rendering of Kitsat-1
|Mission type||Technology Demonstration|
|Operator||Korean Institute of Technology (KIT)|
|Launch mass||48.6 kg|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||August 10, 1992 (UTC)|
|Launch site||Kourou, French Guyana|
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.
The success of the KITSAT-1 program marked the beginning of space technology development for South Korea.
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.
South Korea became the 22nd country to operate a satellite.