South Korea launches first commercial class satellite
Last week, its leader Kim Jong Un inspected a finished spy satellite and approved plans for its launch. The two countries on the Korean Peninsula do not have military satellites of their own and are looking to acquire them.
South Korea on Thursday launched a commercial-class satellite for the first time as part of its growing space development programme. It is noteworthy that North Korea is moving fast towards launching its first military spy satellite. Last week, its leader Kim Jong Un inspected a finished spy satellite and approved plans for its launch. The two countries on the Korean peninsula do not have military satellites of their own and are looking to acquire them. Thursday’s launch by South Korea is expected to aid its efforts to develop a space-based surveillance system.
South Korea’s indigenously developed rocket ‘Nuri’ took off from the southern island carrying eight satellites into space. Science Minister Lee Jong-ho later said in a televised news conference that the launch was successful. He said that it has proved its capability to operate various satellites and explore the space. The launch boosted South Korea’s hopes of joining the ranks of its Asian neighbors such as China, Japan and India.
The launch was initially scheduled for Wednesday but was postponed at the last minute due to a technical problem. South Korea is expected to launch its first spy satellite later this year. It currently uses US spy satellites to monitor North Korean installations.
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