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SpaceX to fly South Korea’s first spy satellite by the end of this month

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SpaceX has reportedly received a contract to place South Korea’s first spy satellite into low-eath orbit by the end of this month.

The latest move from the South Korean government came as it looking to intensify efforts to keep its border safe and monitor unknown activities.

Jeon Ha Gyu, A spokesperson for the South Korean Defense Ministry confirmed reports on Monday that the first military spy satellite will be launched from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base on November 30.

SpaceX Rocket Launching from lauch pad in night

Aside from this first satellite, SpaceX and the government of South Korea will partner to launch four more satellites by 2025. This information is confirmed by South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration.

For the time being, South Korea relies on US-based satellites to monitor its border and its adverse neighbor, North Korea. However, the country wants to move on its own and this satellite may be the stepping stone in the right direction.

On the other hand, SpaceX is continuously projecting its own Starlink satellite once every two days. Also, the rocket maker provides cost-effective rides to customers, which makes it easy to choose option.

(source – Koreatimes)