February 21, 2024

South Korea launches commercial satellite to improve monitoring of North Korea

Launch using solid-fuel rocket comes just two days after Space X put ROK’s first military spy satellite in orbit

South Korea launched a commercial satellite into orbit using a solid-fuel space launch vehicle (SLV) on Monday, the defense ministry announced, calling it a boost to the country’s reconnaissance capabilities against North Korean threats.

Hanwha System and the ROK government jointly conducted the launch at sea near the country’s southernmost Jeju Island, according to the ministry press release, just two days after a SpaceX rocket put South Korea’s first military spy satellite into orbit and a couple weeks after the DPRK launched its own reconnaissance satellite.