Korea to Launch New Satellite Next Year

      November 19, 2010 11:17

      A new Korean earth observation satellite dubbed Arirang 5 will be launched from the Yasny Cosmodrome in Russia in June or July next year, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said Thursday.

      The Arirang 2, which is already in the orbit, is incapable of observing the earth surface on cloudy days or at nights, but the Arirang 5 can shoot photos of the earth's surface in all weathers, day and night, using microwave cameras.

      It will shoot photos of various regions around the world, orbiting around about 15 times a day from 550 km above the surface for five years after its launch.

      It will serve various purposes, including watching for disasters and finding out how various kinds of natural resources are used, while shooting three-dimensional images of regions the Arirang 2 is also observing.

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