Arirang-1 or Arirang I is an unmanned artificial satellite created by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute and launched by a US rocket on December 21, 1999. This was the first satellite built primarily by South Korean engineers, although previous foreign-built satellites had been launched by Korean companies. It carries a surveillance camera able to distinguish objects with a diameter of 6.6 meters. It takes its name from the popular Korean folk song Arirang.

Revised RomanizationArirang 1-ho
McCune–ReischauerArirang 1-ho

The satellite was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on a Taurus rocket. It had been built in Daedeok Science Town in Daejeon, South Korea. The parts were shipped in three stages from Korea to California by First Express International, a Korean shipping firm.[1]

The Arirang-1 was succeeded by the Arirang-2 in 2006. Additional satellites in the series are planned.

On January 6, 2008, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute reported that they had lost contact with the satellite.[2] It is suspected to have had a malfunction that has affected power generation.

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  1. ^ "Company News". Archived from the original on 2007-10-07. Retrieved 2007-07-30.
  2. ^ "Engadget". Archived from the original on 10 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-06.

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