S. Korea to delay multipurpose satellite’s launch

SEOUL-- South Korea will delay the launch of a new multipurpose satellite to 2020 or later, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) said Monday.

The Korea Multipurpose Satellite 6, or KOMPSAT-6, is scheduled to be put into orbit by September 2020 at the earliest, 13 months later than an initial launch date of August 2019, the institute said.

The satellite, also known as the Arirang 6, will be launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northwestern Russia, official said.

The KOMPSAT-6, developed indigenously by South Korea, is the country's fifth multipurpose satellite and its main mission is to detect disasters, KARI said.

South Korea launched the Arirang 5 in 2013 using Russia's Dnepr, a space launch vehicle converted from a Soviet-era intercontinental ballistic missile.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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