Russia launches South Korean Kompsat 3A satellite

Russian Missile Strategic Forces have successfully launched the South Korean satellite Kompsat 3A.

Russian Missile Strategic Forces have successfully launched the South Korean satellite Kompsat 3A. 

The launch of the rocket took place on March 26 at the Strategic Missile Forces Base in the Orenburg Region in the southern Urals, and was carried out using the military intercontinental ballistic missile RS-20B (NATO code name “Satan”). 

The unit will complement the existing system of three multi-purpose satellites, including the Kompsat 5 (Arirang-5), and complete a monitoring system that will now monitor the Earth’s surface around the clock, and in all weather conditions. 

This satellite will also participate in a program carrying out a study of Antarctica, together with the Norwegian TrollSat Satellite Station in the Antarctic.

The main objectives of this program are to obtain high-resolution images for use in geographical information projects, monitoring water bodies and land resources, as well as monitoring of natural disasters and environmental conditions.

The Dniepr is a three-stage liquid-propellant rocket, the first and second stages of which are standard stages of the intercontinental ballistic missile RS-20 (SS-18 “Satan” by NATO classification).

 

The launch of the South Korean satellite Kompsat 3A. Source: YouTube/МКК "Космотрас"

 

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