The Arirang satellite program
South-Korea is operating the Kompsat satellites. The Kompsat program is better known as Arirang. The South-Koreans took the name from a popular national folk song. The satellite program has been developed since the end of the last century, and it gives South-Korea a better position for monitoring national developments. Kompsat is also capable to monitor the activities of North-Korea. Kompsat is divided in three different multipurpose satellites; Kompsat 1, 2 and 3.The ground stations for receiving the satellites data are based in South-Korea and France.