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South Korea Boosts Surveillance with New Satellite

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Independent information surveillance reconnaissance capability was strengthened through the military’s first SAR

Our forces’ second military spy satellite was successfully launched from the Kennedy Space Center in the United States at 8:17 a.m. (Korean time) on the 8th. [Photo= Ministry of National Defense]

South Korean forces’ second military spy satellite, launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA, on the morning of the 8th (Korean time), successfully communicated with overseas ground stations after entering orbit. It was only 160 minutes after the satellite was launched.

The Ministry of National Defense announced on the same day that “our military’s second military spy satellite successfully communicated with overseas ground stations at around 10:57 a.m. today.”

They added, “With the successful launch, our military’s independent information surveillance reconnaissance capability has been further strengthened through the first high-performance imaging radar, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), satellite secured by the military.” They also stated, “We will continue to proceed with the launch of follow-up satellites without any problems.”

The Falcon 9 rocket of SpaceX, a US space company, carrying the second spy satellite, was launched at 8:17 a.m. (local time 7:17 p.m. on the 7th).

The two-stage Falcon 9 was launched, and the first stage was separated 2 minutes and 28 seconds later, followed by the separation of the fairing (a protection cover for the satellites) 47 seconds later.

The second spy satellite, separated from the Falcon 9 45 minutes after the launch, was scheduled to communicate with overseas ground stations at around 9:11 a.m. Still, the preliminary communication did not proceed, so it was postponed to around 10:54 a.m. Subsequently, the communication was successfully established around 10:57 a.m.

Daniel Kim
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