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Dnepr launches South Korean satellite
Posted: Fri, Aug 23, 2013, 2:44 PM ET (1844 GMT)
Dnepr launch of Kompsat-5 (Kosmotras) A Dnepr rocket launched a South Korean radar imaging satellite on Thursday. The Dnepr rocket lifted off from Yasny missile base in southern Russia at 10:39 am EDT (1439 GMT) carrying the Kompsat-5 spacecraft (also known as Arirang-5), placing it into a 550-kilometer sun-synchronous orbit. The 1,400-kilogram satellite, built by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, carries a synthetic aperture radar payload that will be used for radar mapping. The launch was the first for the Dnepr, a converted SS-18 ICBM, since 2011.
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