02 dec 2023 om 06:28
South Korea has successfully launched its own spy satellite. This happened thanks to a Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX. The country hopes to become less dependent on American espionage for monitoring North Korea.
The northern neighbors also launched a spy satellite themselves a week and a half ago.
The South Korean satellite was launched on Friday evening at 7:19 PM (Dutch time). Yonhap news agency reported that the satellite entered orbit shortly afterwards. More than an hour later, contact with the satellite was possible, which the South Korean Ministry of Defense said indicated that “everything is functioning properly.”
According to Yonhap, the spy satellite flies about 400 to 500 kilometers above the Earth’s surface. With advanced technology on board, an object of 30 centimeters can be detected on Earth. South Korea wants to launch four more satellites before the end of 2025.
The North Korean satellite has already caused a lot of commotion last week. For example, Pyongyang claimed that it had already taken photos of the White House, the Pentagon, Rome and an American aircraft carrier. America then imposed sanctions on North Korea.
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