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The domestically developed Korean satellite CAS500-1 (Compact Advanced Satellite 500-1) is launched on March 22 from Baikonur Cosmodrome, a spaceport in Baikonur, southern Kazakhstan. (Korea Aerospace Research Institute)



By Lee Jihae

A next-generation mid-size satellite independently developed by Korea was launched on March 22.

The Ministry of Science and ICT and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said, "The CAS500-1 (Compact Advanced Satellite 500-1) was successfully launched at 3:07 p.m. this afternoon (Korean Standard Time and 11:07 a.m. Kazak Standard Time) at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan."

The satellite was loaded on the Russian projectile Soyuz 2.1a when launched. It made its first communication with a ground station within 102 minutes after liftoff and safely entered its target orbit.

The CAS500-1 was developed to utilize the 500-kg mid-size "standard platform" by its supervisory body Korea Aerospace Research Institute. Korean aerospace companies also participated in the satellite's independent technological development.

The launch came six years after the satellite's development began in 2015.

The CAS500-1 is slated to remain in a synchronous orbit around the sun for six months at an altitude of 497.8 km. From October, it will provide detailed ground observation videos of the Korean Peninsula for use in responding to disasters, observing water resources, and managing land and resources.

Minister of Science and ICT Choi Kiyoung said, "This launch has laid the cornerstone for boosting the satellite industry and thus sent a flare signaling the 'K-satellite era,'" adding, "It is significant that science and technology have greatly contributed to enhancing the people's quality of life and offering hope during the difficult COVID-19 era."


jihlee08@korea.kr

 

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and Incheon International Airport, in collaboration with Jeju Air, on March 28 started trial operations of the

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and Incheon International Airport Corp., in collaboration with Jeju Air, on March 28 started trial operations of the "Easy-Drop" service, which transports a passenger's luggage directly from their hotel to the airport. (Iclickart)


By Xu Aiying and Kim Hwaya

A new service in which travelers can send their luggage directly from their hotel to the airport has started trial operations.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and Incheon International Airport Corp., in collaboration with the budget carrier Jeju Air, on March 28 started trial operations of the "Easy-Drop" service. A traveler can drop off luggage at a hotel check-in counter after undergoing security checks in Seoul and reclaim it at his or her destination. 

Travelers can conveniently use early check-in service through the mobile app or website of Jeju Air.

The luggage will be stored safely and delivered to the plane using closed-circuit TV cameras installed at the hotel and on delivery vehicles. 

The service is available at the Holiday Inn Express in Seoul's Mapo District free for Jeju Air passengers, who do not need to be guests at the hotel to use the service. 

The check-in counter is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays for passengers who depart from the Incheon airport after 1 p.m. Luggage is delivered twice a day, and passengers on all international routes except those to Guam and Saipan can use the service. 

The ministry and airport corporation will take supplementary measures for checking in, storage and transportation of luggage after this trial run. Other major airlines are also expected to introduce this service. 

xuaiy@korea.kr



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The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announces that it will build a cooperative intelligent transportation system (C-ITS) across downtown Seoul, in Seoul on May 13. The photo shows a concept map of the autonomous driving area. (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport)



By Kim Eun-young and Hahm Hee-eun

Driverless buses will be operated in the Digital Media City (DMC) area of Sangam-dong as early as late 2019 as part of a pilot project for self-driving vehicles. The Seoul Metropolitan City government plans to establish the world’s first 5G driverless vehicle network and to use next-generation tech to support autonomous buses.

On May 13, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced that it would build a "cooperative intelligent transportation system" (C-ITS) in downtown Seoul in cooperation with the Seoul Metropolitan Government.

The DMC area in Sangam-dong has a wide range of road types, including tunnels and roundabouts, which makes it an ideal test area for autonomous driving. The test area is also equipped with a high-speed 5G mobile communications network that can greatly reduce traffic accidents by sending large amounts of information in less than 0.1 seconds.

Moreover, a wireless LAN-based vehicle communications technology created by the American Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or "WAVE," and the "Cellular-V2X Network," which is being rapidly commercialized worldwide by global telecommunications standards-development organizations, are both in the process of building vehicle networks.

Various kinds of information about traffic situations and dangers can be provided in real-time from the infrastructure itself and from other automobiles, enabling safer autonomous driving.

After the tests, the Seoul Metropolitan City plans to commercialize its self-driving bus system in select regions where public transportation is insufficient.

An official from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said, "Once the conditions for autonomous cooperative driving have been established in the city center of Seoul, autonomous navigation technology will be able to make a leap forward."


eykim86@korea.kr





 
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