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South Korea’s First Geostationary Weather Satellite Launched Into Orbit

Chollian communication, oceanographic and meteorologic satellite successfully launched

South Korea’s first geostationary ocean weather satellite has been launched into Earth’s orbit from Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana on 27 June, the government said Sunday.

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said the Chollian communication, ocean and meteorological satellite blasted off from French Guiana on an Ariane 5-ECA rocket at 6:41 a.m. (Korean Time) after encountering minor technical problems on Thursday and Friday. The satellite successfully reached orbit and separated from the second stage rocket roughly 32 minutes after takeoff, the ministry said.

The 2.5-ton satellite is Seoul’s first geostationary ocean weather satellite that will stay fixed in orbit and is designed to give the country timely and accurate data on weather and oceanographic information over Northeast Asia and act as a communications satellite.

Seoul spent more than 354.9 billion won (US$295.4 million) and took eight years to build the high-tech satellite that is designed to be in operation for seven years.

Credits: Space Mart / Yonhap