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S. Korea Launches Nano Satellite for Earth Observation

Wed 24 Apr 2024 | 01:13 PM
Israa Farhan

South Korea has successfully launched a nano satellite into orbit as part of its project to establish a constellation of satellites by 2027.

According to the Korean news agency Yonhap, the Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning stated that the Earth observation satellite was launched aboard an Electron rocket by Rocket Lab from a spaceport in Mahia, New Zealand.

The satellite, named "NEOSAT-1," is scheduled to be deployed in space at an altitude of 520 kilometers approximately 50 minutes after the rocket launch.

The agency explained that "NEOSAT-1" stands for New Earth Observation Satellite for National Safety. 

It was developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), weighs less than 100 kilograms, and has a resolution of one meter.

This satellite is the first of 11 nano satellites that will form a satellite constellation for monitoring and capturing images of the Korean Peninsula and surrounding areas.

South Korea plans to launch five more nano satellites into space in June 2026 and another five in September 2027.

The launch project is named "B.T.S," short for "Beginning of the Swarm," by Rocket Lab, the launch service provider.