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Korea has launched its fifth satellite, KOMSAT-5, a fourth multi purpose satellite using Russian satellite launch vehicle from Russian satellite launch station, Yasny, 1,800 kms. away from Moscow in Southeast direction. The satellite was launched at 8:39 p.m.
Fifteen minutes later, satellite was successfully deployed in the orbit. This has been relayed by Lee Sang-ryool, an official from the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), in charge of the KOMSAT-5 program. Trall Satellite Station in Antartica started receiving beacon signals from the satellite confirming the successful deployment of the satellite by the satellite launch vehicle in space. At 10:06 p.m., Norway’s Svalbard Satellite Station also started picking beacon signals which further confirmed the successful launching.
According to KARI officials, it is expected that the full fledged success of the launching of the satellite will be confirmed when the satellite will start radio contacting the South Korea’s ground station in Daejeon at 2:35 a.m. on Friday, or five hours and 56 minutes after the launch.
Some of the features of the satellite is; the satellite has 1 meter resolution radar aperture meaning, sharp and focused observation
of Earthai??i??s surface, particularly the Korean Peninsula regardless of the weather conditions. Life of the satellite is expected to be five years. The satellite will circle the Earth by 15 times in a day.
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