Hancom InSpace orders more Spire satellites with Hancom-2 in limbo

TAMPA, Fla. — South Korea’s Hancom InSpace has ordered two more remote sensing satellites from Spire Global as the status of a cubesat ordered two years ago remains up in the air.
Spire said March 27 it will build and operate Sejong-2 and Sejong-3 on behalf of Hancom InSpace to join Sejong-1, a six-unit (6U) cubesat that Vienna, Virginia-headquartered Spire deployed in May 2022 under a payload-hosting agreement with the South Korean firm.
Three months after SpaceX launched Sejong-1 (also known as Hancom-1), Spire said it would provide another 6U imaging cubesat called Hancom-2 for a launch in the second half of 2023.
However, that launch never happened and Spire said its teams are currently discussing plans for Hancom-2 internally, without giving details.
“Our teams are internally discussing and planning the Hancom missions, and we will share more updates as we have them,” Frank Frulio, general manager of space services at Spire, told SpaceNews.

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