South Korea successfully launches second domestically-made spy satellite into orbit

South Korea successfully launches second domestically-made spy satellite into orbit

SOUTH Korea achieved a new milestone in launching its second indigenous spy satellite aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in the United States.

According to South Korea’s Defense Minister, the Falcon 9 took off at 7:17 p.m. from the John F. Kennedy Space Center and delivered the Reconnaissance satellite into orbit within 45 minutes of liftoff.

This marks the second military satellite launched by South Korea to closely monitor North Korea.

The satellite is equipped with Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) sensors that collect data using microwave technology. It is also capable of collecting data regardless of weather conditions.

In December 2023, South Korea launched its first satellite equipped with electro-optical and infrared sensors capable of capturing detailed images from Earth’s surface.

South Korea aims to complete its fleet of 5 spy satellites in 2025, to provide regular coverage approximately every two hours.

The launch comes amid escalating tensions between the two Koreas- both launched their first spy satellites in 2023. Seoul and Pyongyang said their satellites would boost their abilities to monitor each other as well as enhance missile attack capabilities.

 

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