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01/26/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/26/2021 06:47

The first foreign satellites arrived at Baikonur for launch in 2021

January 26, 2021, 09:38 GMT

The CAS500-1 spacecraft of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute has been delivered to Site 31 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The AN-124-100 airplane with the CAS500-1 spacecraft and ground support equipment landed at Krainy Airport of Baikonur, from where the cargo was reloaded and delivered to the Cosmodrome for further processing, fueling and integration with the Fregat Upper Stage (US).

The primary mission of the CAS500-1 satellite is to provide panchromatic and multi-spectral image data with the Advanced Earth Imaging Sensor System-Compact payload.

On 18 January, the Fregat US and spacecraft of the following companies: Astroscale - ELSA-d, Axelspace - 3 GRUS and a spacecraft of Fukui Prefecture, Mohamed Bin Rashid Space Center - DMSAT-1, GAUSS - UNISAT-7 participating in the launch were delivered to the Baikonur Cosmodrome.


JSC GK Launch Services is an operator of commercial launches. The company was established by the decision of Roscosmos and is authorized to conclude and implement commercial contracts for the launch of spacecraft using Soyuz-2 family launch vehicles from the Russian spaceports.

Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) is the primary entity of the Republic of Korea in the sphere of space exploration. KARI is a developer, manufacturer and operator of various types of spacecraft.