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Spire Inks Second Optical Payload Deal with South Korea’s Hancom inSpace

By Jeffrey Hill | August 4, 2022

The Hancom-1 Satellite (photo by Spire)

South Korean satellite data and technology company Hancom inSpace (Hancom) has signed its second contract with Spire Global to host an additional optical payload on a Spire 6U satellite that will be named HANCOM-2. The agreement, announced Thursday, will also see Spire’s Space Services segment manage the satellite’s payload integration, launch, and mission operations.

Hancom provides satellite imagery analysis for commercial and government applications through an integrated ground systems platform. Its first Spire 6U-model satellite, HANCOM-1, launched in May on the SpaceX Transporter-5 Mission from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. It was the first commercial satellite deployed for a privately owned South Korean company.

HANCOM-1 and HANCOM-2 are designed to collect optical imagery for applications in the agriculture sector, including landscaping applications and the expansion of its existing image analysis portfolio offerings. Hancom plans to eventually launch and operate a constellation of up to 50 satellites.

“The satellite data business has been mainly used in areas such as defense, military, disaster and disaster control due to its characteristics, but now it is expanding to the civilian market,” said Choi Myungjin, CEO of Hancom inSpace. “Hancom inSpace plans to provide solutions that observe crops and predict output through satellite observations; initial target countries are in Asia and the Middle East, where demand for satellite image data is high. The company’s ultimate goal is to build an image data service belt that covers all space, aviation, and ground. Hancom inSpace plans to continue its cooperative relationship with Spire.”