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S. Korea Conducts Successful Third Test of Solid-Fuel Space Rocket

Written: 2023-12-04 14:43:19Updated: 2023-12-04 14:51:32

S. Korea Conducts Successful Third Test of Solid-Fuel Space Rocket

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South Korea successfully conducted a third test flight of a solid-fuel space rocket on Monday.

According to the defense ministry, the space launch vehicle lifted off from a floating pad four kilometers south of Jeju Island at 2 p.m., putting a small Earth observation satellite into orbit at an altitude of 650 kilometers.

The 100-kilogram synthetic aperture radar satellite made by Hanwha Systems was put into low-Earth orbit for surveillance operations.

Solid-fuel launch vehicles are less complex and more cost-effective to launch than liquid-fuel rockets.

The ministry said a full-launch will occur upon completion of developments to bolster the military’s satellite-based surveillance system. The latest launch is a part of Seoul’s plan to deploy five recon orbiters by 2025 to keep tabs on North Korea amid its increased nuclear and missile threats.

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