December 09, 2011 10:41
The Korea Aerospace Research Institute said on Thursday that a multi-purpose satellite named Arirang-5 will take off from the Yasny rocket launch site in Russia next year.
One of four Korean satellites planned for 2012, the Arirang-5 is the nation's first satellite to be equipped with Synthetic Aperture Radar, which allows it to produce a visual record even in cloudy weather and on dark nights, the institute added.
When all four satellites successfully enter the earth's orbit, Korea will have a total of six in operation.
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