South Korea on Thursday successfully launched a new science satellite, beginning a two-year mission to search for clues about the evolution of the universe. The Science and Technology Satellite-3, or STSAT-3, blasted off at 1:10 p.m. aboard a Dnepr launch vehicle from the Yasny launch base in southern Russia near the border with Kazakhstan.
The three-stage, liquid-fueled Russian launcher sent the 170 kilogram satellite into orbit approximately 600 kilometers above sea level. The launch vehicle “successfully released the STSAT-3 into our target orbit around Earth exactly 929 seconds after lift-off,” the launch team in Russia said.
“It’s a great relief after all the things we’ve been through to prepare this moment, over the past seven years,” Rhee Seung-wo, the STSAT-3 program manager told The Korea Herald. Controllers confirmed that initial contact with the satellite was made at 2:40 p.m., 89 minutes after lift-off at a ground station in Svalbard in the Arctic Ocean.
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