August 02, 2012 12:47
A team led by Prof. Jin Ho at Kyunghee University will launch a miniature satellite jointly developed with scientists at University of California, Berkeley.
The satellite dubbed CINEMA and weighing just 10 kg, will be launched into space aboard the Atlas 5 rocket at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Thursday, the researchers said Wednesday.
CINEMA is 30 cm long and 10 cm wide and high. Its mission is to fly 800 km above the Earth and detect electrically charged particles in space and gauge changes in the earth's magnetic field.
"We plan to launch two more CINEMA satellites in November aboard a Russian rocket and test them," Jin said. "In 2016, we're going to embark the first lunar exploration using mini satellites."
The Atlas 5 rocket will be launched on Thursday carrying 11 scientific, military and commercial satellites.
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