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Seoul to unveil new satellite for Naro space rocket

All Headlines 11:30 August 23, 2012

SEOUL, Aug. 23 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will this week unveil a new satellite that it will launch aboard its space rocket later this year, the government said Thursday.

The Science and Technology Satellite-2C (STSAT-2C) will be revealed to the public Friday in a pre-shipment ceremony to be held at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejeon, 160 kilometers south of Seoul, according to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

The satellite, indigenously developed by KAIST, is the third of its kind as its two predecessors -- STSAT-2A and STSAT-2B -- were lost in failed attempts to launch the country's first space vehicles in August 2009 and June 2010.

A new and improved Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1, also known as Naro-1, is scheduled to be launched in October, with the specific launch date to be set later. The country's first space rocket was developed jointly with Russia.

"It will be the first and last chance (for the public) to see the satellite in real life before the launch as it will be shipped to the Naro Space Center in late August," the ministry said in a press release.

The 100-kilogram satellite is a test satellite with a short lifespan of less than 1 year that will largely verify the country's ability to put a satellite into orbit, as well as its ability to collect science data such as radiation levels in space.

If October's launch is successful, the satellite will be put into an ellipsoidal orbit of 300 kilometers by 1,500 kilometers, orbiting the Earth in every 103 minutes, according to the ministry.

bdk@yna.co.kr
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