SOUTH KOREA Launches 1st Military Communications Satellite

SOUTH KOREA Launches 1st Military Communications Satellite

SOUTH KOREA Launches 1st Military Communications Satellite
Photo: Korea Herald

South Korea successfully launched its first military communication satellite last July 20, according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration.

Space X developed the 229-feet tall Falcon 9 rocket. Elon Musk, the Space Firm CEO, last week delayed the launching of the satellite as the company was being “extra cautious and checking everything thoroughly.”

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Airbus Defense and Space in France built the spacecraft. Later on, they shipped it to Florida in June.

Nevertheless, they only a few details about the military satellite. In 2013, South Korea deployed a similar satellite but did not deploy properly and was lost.

SOUTH KOREA Launches 1st Military Communications Satellite
Photo: CBS News

Kaitlyn Johnson, associate director of Center for Strategic and International Studies, said this is the country’s first fully classified military satellite.

“The South Korean military’s space program is nascent and very limited,” she said.

Communications satellites operate in circular orbits 22,300 miles above the equator. They take 24 hours to complete one orbit.

Ms. Johnson said it will most likely position directly over the Korean Peninsula, providing secure communications for troops.

Further, said South Korea is one of the countries diverting budget for space capability. This will further strengthen its defense power.

“Since the Gulf War, when the U.S. military used their space technology so effectively, other countries have realized they can do a lot more,” the assistant director said.