South Korea Launched 2nd Spy Satellite From U.S.

South Korea launched their second domestically built military spy satellite from a SpaceX 9 rocket taking off from the JFK Space Center in Florida on April 7th.

The rocket took off at 7:17 p.m. local time, with the first and second sections separating around 2 minutes and 18 seconds after launch. 

This is the second satellite launched this year as South Korea plans to build five total by 2025, to monitor North Korea.

The satellite is equipped with a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) which can capture images regardless of weather. All five will be equipped with SAR. 

Additional electro-optical and infrared sensors can take detailed images of the Earth. 

When all five satellites are launched and active, they will be able to provide continuous coverage at two-hour intervals. 

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