Seoul: South Korea has launched its first spy satellite. The launch took place from a US military base in California. The satellite was launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Friday.
The move comes amid growing threats from North Korea. Last week, North Korea launched its first spy satellite with Russian support. After two failed attempts, the mission was successful on the third attempt. North Korea also plans to launch more satellites.
Launched at 10:19 a.m., the satellite was deployed into orbit in about four minutes, South Korea’s defense ministry said. By 11.37 a communication link was established with the ground station.
An electro-optical and infrared satellite has just been launched. For this, South Korea aims to launch four synthetic aperture radar satellites in Murame 2025. In this way, South Korea can strengthen its surveillance on North Korea.