[Pangyo Tech] Hancom’s “Sejong-1” to usher in the age of domestic civilian satellites

As Hancom Group has successfully launched the private satellite “Sejong-1,” it ushered in the new space era in South Korea. Hancom Group announced on the 26th that it has successfully laid the foundation for the satellite image data business thanks to the successful launch of Sejong-1.

As new space, a private-led space development business, is in full swing, large-scale capital is being invested in discovering new energy and resources, and space travel.

SpaceX and Blue Origin are competing for introducing commercial satellites and projectiles to meet private demand. Hancom Group’s Sejong-1 rocket is also SpaceX’s Falcon 9.

Morgan Stanley has projected that the space industry market will reach $1.1 trillion (about \1,000 trillion) by 2040.

In South Korea, many companies, mainly defense companies, have announced their business plans amid global companies’ rushing to do business in the new space era and the successful launch of Nuri. The government has also proposed support measures to promote the space industry as a major task.

However, Hancom is the first company in South Korea to actually put it into practice and achieve tangible results.

Hancom Group plans to collect high-definition video data throughout space, aviation, and ground using its own satellites and autonomous drones, including Sejong-1. The collected video data will be introduced globally through an all-in-one platform that integrates management, analysis, and sales.

The video data service explains that it will first target the agricultural sector, which is currently in the highest demand. In addition to the domestic market, it targets Southeast Asia which is rich in agriculture. Also, the company plans to expand its market to architecture, defense, and education.

To this end, Sejong-2 will be launched in the first half of 2023, and a total of five satellites will be launched sequentially in the second half, including No. 3, No. 4, and No. 5 in 2024.

Source: Pangyo Techno Valley Official Newsroom

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