Korea's Arirang-5 satellite launched successfully
Korea's multipurpose satellite -- Arirang-5 has continually confirmed its successful deployment into its target orbit.
The satellite was launched at 11:39 p.m. Thursday night, Korea time at Russia's Yasny site in Russia's Dnepr rocket and separated from its fairing and carrier as scheduled.
Its first beacon signals were initially picked up by the Troll Satellite Station in Antarctica 32 minutes following the launch and at 5:35 a.m. Friday morning, Korea time about six hours after blastoff, Arirang-5 made contact with Daejeon's ground station of Korea Aerospace Research Institute.
The most notable feature of this latest satellite is its SAR, short for Synthetic Aperture Radar, that can observe and photograph the Earth's surface at any time, regardless of weather conditions.
"Arirang-5 emits microwaves that will be reflected after reaching the Earth's surface. That data enable us to obtain three-dimensional images with accurate figures."
After six months of adjusting its orbit and testing its assigned tasks Arirang-5 will orbit the Earth at an average altitude of 5-hundred-50 kilometers, monitoring the ocean, the environment and natural disasters, along with its predecessors, the Arirang-2 and 3 satellites.
Song Ji-sun, Arirang News.
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