March 12, 2015 12:07
The homegrown Arirang-3A multipurpose satellite will be sent into space in the small hours of March 26.
It will be launched from the Yasny launch base in Russia, according to the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning here Wednesday.
The satellite will be carried by a three-stage Dnepr launch vehicle, a remodeled version of an intercontinental ballistic missile of the old Soviet Union.
The Arirang-3A was developed by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute over eight years and cost W235.9 billion. It carries a precision optical lens that can identify 50 cm-large objects on the ground.
An infrared sensor is capable of monitoring objects on the ground at night or in bad weather.
The satellite will orbit the earth at an altitude of 528 km for four years after launch, monitoring natural disasters and the environment, and observing how various kinds of resources are utilized.
It was originally to be launched late last year, but Russia delayed the launch three times.
Korea already operates three multipurpose satellites, Arirang 2, 3 and 5.
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