Eyes above: How a new ROK satellite will help monitor North Korea’s every move
Seoul looks to forge its own space surveillance network independent of US, as the inter-Korean space race heats up
The South Korean military is set to launch its first reconnaissance satellite atop a SpaceX rocket on Friday, kicking off an ambitious project to improve its ability to monitor North Korean threats independent of U.S. capabilities.
The launch atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to take place from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, and it comes just 10 days after the DPRK successfully launched its own military spy satellite on Nov. 21.
Like Pyongyang, Seoul seeks to place multiple reconnaissance satellites into orbit under “Project 425” initiated in 2018. The satellite is equipped with electro-optical (EO
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