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S. Korea launches communications satellite

South Korea sent its first military and civilian communications satellite into space on Tuesday, less than a month after placing in orbit its first satellite that can spy on North Korea.
/ Source: Reuters

South Korea sent its first military and civilian communications satellite into space on Tuesday, less than a month after placing in orbit its first satellite that can spy on North Korea.

A private firm launched the satellite called Mugunhwa 5 -- named after the national flower, the rose of Sharon -- from a sea-based platform in waters near Hawaii, the defense ministry said.

It is South Korea's first for military communications.

The $313.6 million satellite was developed by the country's military and largest fixed-line telecom and broadband operator KT Corp., the ministry said.

On July 28, a private firm in Russia launched the Arirang-2, which is being used primarily for geographical surveys but can also spy on North Korea, a government information agency said.